John recently wrote a helpful blog regarding conversations he’s having with students returning home for the break and the issue of service being at the heart of what it is to be missional (

On that note I was reading 2 Corinthians 6 this morning and it got me thinking… do we see the signs of being servants in our lives and our communities?

This is what Paul seems to think being a servant will look like:

‘…as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honour and dishonour, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing, as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.’

I’m sure there are various boxes we can tick (truthful speech… sleepless nights!). But when was the last time our servant hearted lives caused a riot (assuming this isn’t talking about Paul heading out into the street with a club to cause trouble)? Do we suffer sleepless nights because we are giving ourselves wholly to others or because we just struggle to trust God and are worrying?

Quite a challenge…