When we read the Parable of the Mustard Seed while at the same time Jesus is reminding us that service is its own reward, it defines what it means to have the heart of a servant of Jesus Christ. This Sunday we will celebrate those who have the hearts of servants for our Sunday School.
Being a servant of Jesus is most genuine when practiced with humility, a hidden treasure that others experience sometimes without their own knowledge. We will know we are servants whenwe are eyeball deep in being involved in service.What is the treasure (the need of our community that God will help us discover) that we can then sell ourselves out for, go all in with, like our community garden?
In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the elder son’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t have anything; it’s that he has had the love and acceptance of his father all along but refused to trust. Being a servant of Jesus Christ is trusting that what we have to offer is used by God. Even the most mundane, normal, ordinary everyday tasks can be done with a servant’s heart.
Volunteers chose to volunteer out of a skill. Servants respond to a need. There are many ways you can excuse yourself if you are a volunteer. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus not only answers the question of who is our neighbor, but also illustrate show a servant of Jesus Christ often does not have a choice about responding to the needs of the world.