MAID FOR GREATNESS
Posted on 04/15/2014
Ever watch how people – not any of us – but the other weird people react to people in the service industry? Sometimes those who serve are the brunt of jokes, judged as being less educated, seen as somewhat unworthy, measured by our tips and scathed by our insensitive remarks. It is not easy serving. Not easy keeping a smile on your face and a song in your heart doing the mundane, the stuff no one wants to do; the thankless expected items but someone has to serve. I absolutely love the story of Naaman in the Bible. 2 Kings 5 gives us the beautiful drama of an amazing captain and a servant girl. He was so powerful, she so powerless. He is one of stature she was sold into slavery. The odds of her having anything of worth to offer him were slim yet there came a moment when slim was more than enough.
Naaman was ill with leprosy and what I find amazing is the servant girl did the unusual. She went beyond her call of duty, above the norm – she didn’t just stick to what she was expected to do, she tapped into what she knew she could do. There is a moment, a defining moment in all our lives where our unqualified station becomes a platform for promotion. When we feel that God only pays attention to the Naamans, the greats, the magnificent – we may not realize all the while He is also paying attention to the minute and the small. It is after all the cells, the microscopic, tiny uncelebrated, covered parts of us that actually nourish our entire bodies.
Everything has its place and everything has its time. We must not despise serving, being hidden, and sometimes ignored. It is during these times we are being forged into agents of the Lord as we die to ourselves, our pride and our patterns. In due season and at the right time, God will move in your situation and give you that bit of wisdom, that idea, that truth that only a place of service could have given you the opportunity to share. Naaman more than likely would have made it on the pages of history with all his accomplishments and his celebrated gender as a male. But a maid? A servant? A ….. girl? nope, not so much.
What I love about God is He loves to advocate the ones with the chips stacked against them. No matter your station in life, if you or I have the authority of a Naaman, we must always maintain the attitude of a servant. It’s the servant heart that receives the thoughts from God. No doubt her wonderful attitude in serving was as a result of her serving God first. The day came when He made her a showpiece for His glory, a mouthpiece of His grace and a masterpiece in His plan for those around her not because she sought it, but rather because she sought to be used by God.
Being in service is honorable, wasn’t it our Lord who said He Himself came not to be served but to serve? It was He who reminded us ever so gently to not lose hope for he measured greatness by service (Mark 10:43-44) “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” If we want to grab the attention of Jesus we must be most like Him in this area – we must serve. One day you will look up and realize God has maneuvered the timeline of your destiny and painted his glory on the canvas of your servant life and with brilliance, richness and depth you shine for Him. Embrace your inner servant, it is the only road to promotion – it is written, Matt. 23:12 God only exalts those that humble themselves.