"and loving their neighbour through STEWARDSHIP, SERVANTHOOD and COMMUNITY"
With the focus of our previous newsletter article on stewardship, this month we are going to look at our next Biblical Attribute, servanthood.
Throughout the foundation of most of these attributes is woven another quality that is at the heart of our faith: humility. Rarely is humility more necessary than in the attribute of servanthood. And never was it more evident in human history than in Christ, who set aside his deity to become a man and who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
Scripture is full of examples of those who set aside their position or rights to give of themselves to others. Galatians 5:13 says, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
It is our desire that our students develop a deeper understanding of what it means to live a life that reflects service. We want our students to learn to demonstrate love through “humbly serv[ing] and compassionately giv[ing] of themselves to others”.
Typically, when we hear the term “serve”, we associate it with actions: acts of service, volunteering, giving to those in need and being out in the community. This is why we have categorized the attribute of servanthood in the “Hands” portion of HCOS Biblical attributes. However, like all of these qualities, they are not limited to fitting into only one of Head, Heart or Hands. The action, or outworking, of service is a critically important component of being a servant but the heart behind why we are serving is just as critical to understand.
Our hope is that our students do not simply learn the action of service as an obligation or as a way to earn praise or recognition. Rather, we want to impart a desire to be humble, to give in secret, to lay down our own desires and needs, to truly be willing to sacrifice in our love for God and others.
Though we currently find ourselves in a time when physically serving is much more challenging, there are still numerous creative opportunities for us to set aside our own rights or privileges to find ways to care for those around us who are in need.