Everybody Wants To Be Served But Nobody Wants To Serve

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.

About Elder Owens F. Shepard Sr.

Elder Owens F. Shepard Sr. is the son of Mother Armett Shepard and the late Deacon Owens C. Shepard. Being raised in a Christian family, the Word of God was always instilled in him. It had been prophesied that he would one day preach but as he grew older he strayed away from the calling on his life. He joined the U.S. Army in 1986 and moved away from Rochester shortly afterward. After serving on active duty, he returned home to Rochester where he worked in a variety of jobs and even started his own successful business of training security guards from all over the county. In 1996, while his mother lay sick, Elder Shepard accepted the salvation of Jesus in his heart and began working more and more in the church. Elder Shepard was called into the ministry in April of 2000. He was ordained on August 12, 2001. At this time he was also installed as Pastor of God Healing Temple. Elder Shepard started the God Healing Temple Radio Revival, a radio show where he and Mother Shepard preached the gospel and prayed for those who called in. This show lasted for 3 1/2 years until the radio station changed their program format. In July of 2007 he started The God Healing Temple Global Media Network which serves as the production arm for the God Healing Temple Television Revival broadcast on RCTV Channel 15 and internet radio stations that broadcast to a worldwide audience via the internet. Elder Shepard is dedicated and faithful to God. He loves to preach fresh gospel directly from heaven. He has done an excellent job thus far in leading God's people. Elder Shepard is married to Elect Lady, Lakisha Shepard (Walker) and together they are the proud parents of eleven children.

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