Some years ago I was working in a school, where one of my duties was to supervise the cafeteria along with several other faculty members, who were assigned to the same duty at various times. One day the Assistant Principal called a meeting with all the adults assigned to supervision of the cafeteria to discuss an issue of trash being left on the tables by students. During this meeting the Assistant Principal asked if we all could push the trash barrels around the cafeteria and encourage the students to place their trash in the bins rather than leave it on the tables. One person in particular refused this request saying, “I didn’t go to college and earn two Masters Degrees and my Doctorate just push garbage cans around like a trash man. That’s beneath me.” I remember being shocked by this response and thinking, “Even though it would help the cafeteria to be a little bit cleaner he won’t push the garbage cans because it’s beneath him.”
In our churches, there are those among us who carry the titles of Bishop, Apostle, Pastor, Elder and some other self-appointed titles, who believe it is beneath them to work outside of the title for which they go by. They forget about the greatest of titles, SERVANT.
“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” Matt 23:11-12 KJV
In the church where I pastor, you can find me serving in a number of positions; Usher; Praise & Worship Leader; Musician; Secretary. No position is beneath me when it comes to serving for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
As a servant-leader, you will find yourself working out of title more often than not but I am reminded of an old song that says, “Working for the Lord will pay off after a while.” Let us be living examples of what it is to be servants rather than to always be in a position to be served.