The great Chicago preacher, Dwight L. Moody, once said, “The measure of a man is not how many servants he has, but how many men he serves.” One of the most important traits of anyone in ministry is having a heart for serving others.
Ministry is all about serving others. It’s never been about getting the glory, the kudos, or the spotlight. Jesus himself was the ultimate servant. He said, “The Son of Man did not come to the Earth to be served, but to serve.”
As we minister to children, we’ll be required to do things that are out of our comfort zone (getting on the floor and playing with blocks, acting like crazy characters, getting hit in the face with pies, and going to lock-ins, just to name a few). We need a heart that says, “Whatever I have to do to reach these kids, I’ll do it!”
One of the guys who has served on my Kids Ministry team for the last 7 years is Victor Rodriguez. He’s a third-degree black belt who works for the Police Department. If there’s anyone who could easily impose himself on others, it’s Victor. But he displays a tender, serving heart to the children in our church. It’s not uncommon to walk into the room to find Victor sitting on the floor talking to a child or running around the room with two or three boys hanging on his back. He loves to serve kids.
Victor also serves his leaders. I’ve received many phone calls and emails from him, asking what he can do to serve me. He wants to do what he can to make my job easier. Jesus said, “Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else” (Mark 9:35). Victor lives this commitment every day.
Serving comes down to this, “Others first, me last.” Try focusing less on teaching the lesson you have prepared, and be aware enough to notice when your kids are going through a rough time. Look for opportunities to serve your kids. Look for opportunities to serve your leaders.