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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Servant leaders are change agents

by Pam Roth
Matthew 18: 3 – 5, “And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

A lot of people I meet today are looking for some kind of change in their lives.  It may be an economical change, a governmental change, a change in a relationship, a change in a work position, or a simple change in an attitude.  So, my question is what can we do to become a change agent right where we are?  

What’s the last success story you have heard about someone taking a near impossible situation and turning it into an unbelievable opportunity?  So, are there ways for you to become a change agent, someone who addresses the issues of poverty, class subordination, racial isolation, discrimination, and the harmful consequences of being disadvantaged?  When is the last time you did something because it was the right thing to do…not because it was the popular thing to do?  Are you kind and considerate to those that are around you?  Do you make it a habit to reach out to others that may be less fortunate than you are?  I believe if we all do our part to bring about a positive change within our own circle of influence, we could see change right here, right now.    

We may not be able to eradicate any of the issues we face today in an instant because the process of change can often be slow, however, we have access to necessary tools to become a change agent.  We just need to put the tool belt of servanthood on and synch it up tightly, to use it effectively.  We all can be a change agent right where we are, right now.

Here’s a few steps toward being a change agent:

  1. Begin with a heart of gratitude for what you have - Colossians 3:15, I Thessalonians 5:18, Psalm 100:4
  2. Be observant, consider the needs of others – Philippians 2:3
  3. Serve wholeheartedly – Ephesians 6:7
  4. Be kind and compassionate – Ephesians 4:32
  5. Take time to encourage others by building them up – I Thessalonians 5:11
What are some steps that you are taking toward being a change agent?

Feel free to leave a comment.

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  1. The word change suggests transition from one state of being to another-from being grouchy to being pleasant; from being inwardly focused to being other-centered. For the secularist, these types of changes are purely selfish. The secularist may ask, what more can I gain by being a better person? For the Christian, transitions are incarnational. The Christ-follower asks, how can Christ be glorified better through me by these changes? The fundamental difference is the primary benefactor: self or Jesus. That said, the steps I am taking are:
    1. To revisit the writings of Apostle Paul with an eye for Christ-characteristics.
    2. To be intentional at other-centeredness.
    3. To embrace opportunities to serve rather than be served.

  2. Those five steps are excellent advice.They gave me some insight on a very minor issue I'm facing. Thanks, your post has helped me get centered.

    1. Thank you, Ed. Your words of encouragement are appreciated. I'm not sure if this is true for you; but, often I complicate things with my human ingenuity. However, being centered in Christ keeps me moving in the right direction

  3. Excellent article. Being wiling to Change that is the hard part.

    1. Thank you for being so honest. Change is hard for most of us...that's for sure; however, after we experience the benefits of growing in Christ, it often becomes easier.


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