Tears in Your Grape Juice: The Privilege of Servant Leadership
I have had the privilege of serving communion to the body of Irving Bible Church where I serve on pastoral staff. Twice. It never fails when I help serve the Lord’s Supper, that just a few minutes in, I end up a weepy mess. Surely you have had someone serve you a wafer and juice after they wiped their snot on their sleeve? It’s quite holy.
There are two main factors that lead to tears in your grape juice (Yes, we use grape juice and not wine for communion), both profound for me. First, the gravity of what I am saying hits me. While I serve I pause to say to each person, “This is the body of Christ, broken for you. This is the blood of Christ, shed for you.” As I repeat it and repeat it, the weight of what Christ did on the cross just moves me all over again. His body, broken. His blood, shed. For me.
And second, as I am saying these words I am looking into the eyes of people God has placed in our care, my care. I see the woman who has an awful marriage; the friend who came to my rescue; the woman who bugs me like crazy right after the woman who doesn’t like me at all. Looking into the eyes of each person forces me to see that Christ died for them, too, and I have the privilege of investing my leadership, my time, my skills, into them.
I have the privilege of serving others as I lead. And so do you.
You may think your job is about projects and meetings and big vision. It’s actually not about that at all. Our jobs are all about serving those we lead – helping them become the people God created them to be. As you lead, I hope you will remember the tears in my grape juice (and not the snot on my sleeve) and those in your influence you have the privilege to serve as you lead.
Julie Pierce has one big dream: to empower women leaders to change the world. In addition to founding Empowered by Pierce, she also serves as Communications Pastor on the Lead Team at Irving Bible Church in the Dallas area.
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