Being a servant is to be the least of all, while a leader is a person who leads a group of people. Leading is not just about commanding people on what to do but also to care for them like a family, and to put yourself in the shoes of others. In that way, you would know who are the people you are serving and what ways you should do in leading them in the right way. It’s a mission given by the Lord to care for His people despite our unworthiness and anxiousness to ourselves, like helping others without expecting anything in return or without being recognized by others. It’s a mission that will help us to get back to our basics, which is to get back to the Lord.
I grew up witnessing my parents as part of the Missionary Families of Christ community, and it leads our family to have God as a center of it. Growing up, I was inspired by my family and my friends in the community, how God is really working in their lives. After some time, I was also called to lead, yet I doubt myself in what I can do and how God could make it possible for me. The first thing that came to my mind is, “Can I do it?” I do not have any skills to share. So I went back to what I learned in the community, and it is to love unconditionally. We should love our fellow brothers and sisters like how the Lord loves us. We should let our love dictate our actions. On the other hand, leading people should come along with discipline and practicing self-denial like what was discussed in Mark 8:34, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’ We should work for a change, not being afraid to evangelize because every moment is a mission. Trust that when he calls, he equips.
As time passes by, I graduated with a degree, and I was blessed to have a job, but there are questions that keep on bothering me as being a servant for years. From whom are we living? What is really the purpose of our living – is it being a student, being a working professional, or achieving our goals to be successful in the future? ‘Many are in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand’ (Proverbs 19:21).
Now that we are in a community quarantine, the things we are routinely doing in school or work just quickly paused. One of the things that God is teaching us in this time of crisis is that everything that we have can be quickly removed in our lives. To remain in Him, to have a deeper relationship with Him, and to live our life by how God planned it to be is the purpose that we are rooting for. To love like Him is the act we should imitate. It may be difficult to spine our lives to His plans, it may be demanding and life-changing to carry our cross, but anyhow, He still did it for us. Putting love on sufferings and being consistent with doing little things out of love is our essence as servants of God.
Jean Ramos is a Mission Volunteer for MFC Youth serving in the Luzon Missions Team.