So you call yourself a servant? Would other people call you that? Are we really servants because of our self designated title or perception? Ultimately it is God who will make that judgment—if we really live like Jesus. Consider the glory He left, how He came, and how He lived. Do any of us really live that way? We could find out pretty quickly by asking the people around us. All of them.

For those of us who live in or intend to enter another culture, I suggest we postpone naming ourselves “servants” until the local people begin to use words about us that suggest they see servant attitudes and behaviors in us.

Duane Elmer in his book Cross-Cultural Servanthood.

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