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Serving- I Will Go: The Savior

Hello everyone! Today we will continue with our series on serving and address a common term in the social service world, “The Savior Complex.We’ll look at how we should approach helping others with the power of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

“The Savior Complex” is a term often used in helping professions and describes someone whose service is born out of a mindset of needing to help everyone, always having the solution, or expending an unhealthy amount of time and energy on other’s problems and taking pride in doing so.

While these desires may seem to come from good intentions, they often result in harm to ourselves and others. Servers/Saviors may experience burnout, resentment, and frustration because of unmet expectations. Those being served, may feel disempowered and deprived of their God-given dignity and worth as they’re prevented from being active in their own solution.

What is left out in the secular explanation of this term, however, is that we do have a real Savior and it is through Him that we find true salvation!

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Indeed, if we succumb to the false belief that we can do what only God can do, we will not last long in any compassion ministry.  This is not to excuse us from serving others, for we have been commanded to make disciples, care for the poor, and love our neighbor. We must, instead go about these acts of service remembering in whose name and power we are serving. Acts 4 is a great example of a healing performed by Peter and John, done in the power of the name of Jesus and resulting in glory given to God. 

10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed…… 13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:10, Acts 4:13

4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

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Serving – I Will Go: Isaiah 6:8

Hey everyone! Our next series is going to expand on the foundation of SERVE 6.8 and start with a post about our second founding scripture, Isaiah 6:8.  The name SERVE 6.8 makes our mission clear: we are here to mobilize the Church of Jesus Christ to serve the poorWe take our dual mandate to care for those serving and those being served seriously. This series is intended to grow those of us who are actively engaged in serving and volunteering.

Our two founding scriptures are Micah 6:8 and Isaiah 6:8. We kicked off our series about poverty with Micah 6:8 and will start with Isaiah 6:8 for our series on serving. Let’s first review Isaiah 6 and then explore how we can apply this to obeying God’s call to serve.

The title for Isaiah 6 is “Isaiah’s Call and Mission,” and we need to understand this whole passage so we can apply meaning to Isaiah 6:8.  Verses 1-7 are some of the most powerful verses in the bible about what a holy God we serve. When Isaiah saw the Lord he was filled with awe of God’s majesty and holiness and faced with how unholy he was. Then God gives his call to action to Isaiah:

“Who should I send? Who will go for Us? I said: Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

Isaiah has opened himself up to God and His mission, but verses 9-13 then lay out the plan, which fully displays the wrath of God upon those who have turned from Him, the wrath we each deserve, but are spared from because of our Savior Jesus Christ.

As Isaiah learned,  when we‘re called to serve, it isn’t always in a way that’s easy or expected.  Serving is fun when it just makes you feel good or fits your vision, but what about when God calls you to something bigger, harder, and that you don’t understand? Why would you say, “Here I am. Send me?

We follow those calls because of what we see displayed at the beginning of Chapter 6, a God that is so big and powerful that we fear being in His presence. We serve to not be fulfilled, not to take glory for ourselves, but to love and lead people back to the Creator and His Son, who can now bridge the gap from our unworthiness to God’s holiness. When we shift our serving mindset away from being about us, toward it being about God, it drastically changes to what mission we will say “Here I am. Send me.”

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