BIG MAC SERVANTHOOD 巨无霸汉堡的服事精神

Want to know the comparative cost of living in a country? Compare the prices of a Big Mac and you’ll get the equivalence. It is called “burgernomics”. Cost varies not only for goods but also for services where it is seen as a contractual item in the workplace. But it is the heart behind the serving that marks out quality of service in the industry. This heart behind the serving is called the servanthood spirit.

There is a big difference between service and servanthood. One’s an act, the other an attitude. One is an obligatory because it’s been paid for, the other is a posture of the heart irrespective of payment. One is contract based, the other is relationship based. Economics measures the value of service but is unable to value the servant-spirit. The media extols the service industry but rarely talks about a servanthood culture.

Yet when Jesus was on earth, He spoke a great deal about servanthood whenever He spoke about serving. For example, “The Son of Man came to serve and not to be served and to give Himself as a ransom for many”. Do you detect the spirit of servanthood even when He was talking about serving? Another example, Jesus said: “I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27). Again He is not talking just about serving, it’s about the spirit in which He chose to make Himself available to serve.

When servanthood becomes part of us, it transforms our gatherings and our life together as God’s people. We go the extra mile, have the added smile, take on the extra pile. With joy! Where do you find fast service? At McDonald’s! Where should you find great servant spirit? In a great church, of course! And it starts with the leaders. Acts 6 tells of a team of spiritual leaders who prayed, who in turn led a second tier of Spirit-filled leaders who served excellently. The servanthood spirit spread rapidly in the early church and soon filled the city. May this same spirit infect all of us Skyline today!

(Extracted and edited from Ps Philip’s upcoming new book, Slingshots)

想要知道不同国家的生活费用的对比吗?您只需去比较一个巨无霸汉堡(Big Mac)的价格,就可以知道它们的差别了。这个理论被称之为“汉堡经济学”(Burgernomics)。这种价格上的差异并不只是限于商品而已,当中也包括了所提供的服务,因为服务在职场上亦被视为在合同里一个项目。但,真正能够去定义那个服务在一个领域里的素质是那服务背后的心态。这服务背后的心态是叫作仆人的服事精神。

服务与仆人的服事精神拥有巨大的差别。一个是行动,另一个则是一种态度。一个是因带有酬劳所以必须履行的,另一个则是无论酬劳的多少都会持续拥有的态度。一个是拥有合约的束缚,另一个则是靠一段关系的牢固。在经济的角度上我们可以测量一个服务的·价值但我们并不能够用相同的方式去测量仆人的服事精神。现在的媒体经常称赏服务业却很少提及仆人服事的文化。

相反的,当耶稣还在世上时,每当祂谈论起服事时,一定离不开仆人的服事精神。举个例,”正如人子来,不是要受人的服事,乃是要服事人,并且要舍命,作多人的赎价。“您是否在祂的言语中也察觉到耶稣仆人的服事精神呢?再举例,耶稣说:我在你们中间如同服事人的。“由此可见,耶稣并不只是在说着服事,而是那促使祂选择把时间奉献给服事的精神。

当服事的精神成为我们的一部分时,它能够转化我们的聚会与我们身为神的子民一起生活的方式。我们变得愿意行多一点的路,露出多一点笑容,并献出多一点的力量。是怀着充满喜乐的心去做的!您在哪里可以得到快速的服务呢?在麦当劳!而您又在哪里可以寻找良好的仆人的服事精神呢?当然是在一个好的教会里啦!这种精神必须由领袖开始;使徒行传第6章讲述了一群属灵领袖积极地祷告,继而带领另一群被圣灵充满并积极服事的领袖。这服事的精神很快地就扩散到早期的各个教会然后到整个城市。但愿同样的精神能够感染在Skyline的每一个人!

(摘自Philip Lyn医生牧师即将面世的著作:Slingshots)

Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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