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Matthew 20:17-34, Works of Jesus

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant,
— Matthew 20:26

NL Daily Devotion for Tuesday, March 26, 2019

by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff


One consistent truism with the concept of servant-leadership is that it’s rarely glamorous. True servant-leaders don’t seek praise for the praise itself, but strive for excellence in all things, because it was what they were called to do.

I love my current job. As a published author, often people ask me whether I’m going to publish another book. The honest answer I give is that I do not know. And, frankly, I don’t know if I care. I’m called today to write here for Clergy Stuff, a dinky little church worship resource provider, handle customer’s emails, build websites and manage marketing and advertising. For sure, it’s plenty to keep me busy. Sometimes, it uses my creative skills. Often, it requires I fulfill certain busy-work to just get the stuff DONE. And post-production editing? Well, I suppose I’ll always hate that!

The point with any vocation is asking yourself whether or not you are called to be in that particular place at that particular time. For me, it’s here. I will serve in the best capacity I can and I will make a difference, regardless of the notoriety or perceived glamor of a certain position.

And, perhaps, I have God’s word to thank for that, because if you leave me to my own volition, for sure I would like to be the famous author who had a movie made out of his book.

For now, and tomorrow, I’m satisfied with servanthood and becoming a leader through that.

How about you? How can you best live in your identity as a servant-leader?

Earlier Event: March 25
Psalm 45:6-7, The Oil of Gladness
Later Event: March 27
Matthew 21:18-22, The Fig Tree