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Claire shared this story of humility in ministry:
Many times in parish ministry I’ve heard people say, “I don’t do it for the thanks….but every now and then it’d be nice to hear.” Whilst understanding this comment reflects our human desire for acknowlegement, it raises the question of motivation in the ministry or service offered. Those who’ve been my greatest model for ministry have been some men and women who serve quietly and cheerfully in the background: making cups of tea after church, looking after building and garden maintenance, keeping the song database up to date, providing transport to those who need it, chatting with visitors after the service, cleaning the toilets, etc. These disciples of Christ have co-operated with him in allowing the Spirit to grow in them hearts that simply seek to serve, hearts that find joy in being part of Christ’s body and honouring him with their lives. I thank God for his work of grace in his servants.
Since we’ve been discussing the sifting process God’s people undergo this week I thought Humilitas by John Dickson would be an excellent book to giveaway. Dickson describes humility in the video as “the noble ability to hold your power for the good of others, not for personal gain.” He later says that he believes humility is “the key to true greatness.”
All of us want to be great at what we do. I don’t mean to say that we are all arrogant, necessarily. I mean to say that even if we give all credit to God for our accomplishments, we still want to be good at whatever it is we’re doing for him. Most of us want to be great at it, not just good. So, how does humility, the act of holding our (God-given?) power, help us better minister to those around us?
To enter this week’s giveaway comment below with one example of how you’ve seen humility powerfully affect the ministry you are a part of.
Also, a bonus entry is a available if you comment a second time letting us know that you shared a link to this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.
I’m looking forward to a webcast Willow Creek Community Church is putting on with John Dickson. It’s a few weeks out right now but I want to mention it to all as soon as I heard about it. It’s called: “If I were God I Would End all the Pain.”
John Dickson recently released Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership
with Zondervan. He’s one of the most profound and impressive scholar/pastor/historian/evangelist writers I’ve ever read, and he’s just as good when he speaks live. Here’s the blurb about the webcast from Willow Creek’s site. You can sign up for the webcast (it’s free and it will be archived online) here.
If I Were God, I Would End All the Pain
with John Dickson
September 21, 2011
11:30 am – 12:30 pm CST
Join John Dickson Wednesday, September 21st at 11:30 a.m. (CST) for a discussion on “If I were God, I Would End All the Pain.” Dickson will explore the contrasts between the views of pain and suffering between different world faiths and Christianity.
Read the rest of the post and sign up on Willow Creek’s page.
Here’s John’s video for Humilitas