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by Keith Bellamy

My friend Keith Lancaster posted this quote by John Stott on his Facebook page. "The symbol of an authentically Christian leadership is not the purple robe of an emperor but the coarse apron of a slave."  Amen!

In Galatians 5:13 we notice these words, "but through love serve one another." (ESV)

So many people are going through a rough time.  Some have unpleasant memories from the past, and yet there are those who go about not thinking of self but are intent on serving and helping others.

Jesus taught that His disciples would be servants.  And He left us an example from His own life by serving others (Mark 10:45).  That doesn't appeal to some, but it is a way of life for so many.  Oh, yes, I know there are those who take advantage of the givers, but I would rather be a giver than a taker.  Oh, yes, we have been taken advantage of, but that's okay!  Jesus healed ten lepers but only one came back to thank Him (Luke 17:11-19).

My granddad Bellamy was a true servant of God.  He didn't think anything of sharing his garden with his neighbors.  Granddad would do without before he would let others suffer.  I think that's where my dad got the same idea.  Both of them would share what they had.

My mother was a real servant of God.  She believed what her mother believed.  Grandmother used to say, "Give me my flowers while I am living."  And Mother would share her flowers and plants and the goodies that came from her kitchen.

I knew of a preacher who pushed away from the table so his wife and children would have enough to eat.  He kept a small Christian college afloat when he sacrificed his pay and lived on his meager Social Security.

Serving others is what our lives should be all about.  I am thankful that we have known so many who do serve in one way or another.

I am trying more and more to be like Jesus.  He gave up everything to be a servant…and so should we!

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