Arnold Bennett, the British novelist, had a publisher who boasted about the extraordinary efficiency of his secretary. One day while visiting the publisher’s office, Bennett asked her: “Your boss claims you’re extremely efficient. What’s your secret?”
“It’s not my secret,” said the secretary, “it’s his.” Each time she did something for him, no matter how insignificant, she explained, he never failed to acknowledge and appreciate it. Because of this, she took infinite pains with her work.
Not everyone can be a secretary, but all of us can be servants. And those of us in leadership, well, we need to show and verbalize our appreciation to those that probably should be in leadership, but are not. Even those who are leaders should consider themselves a servant letting that humility be an example.
God’s Word reflects these:
1 Pet 2:18 “Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.”
Tit 2:9 “Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again;…”
1 Tim 6:1 “Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.”
Col 4:1 “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.”
Col 3:22 “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;…”
Speaking of Jesus, the Son of God:
Phil 2:7 “But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:…”