“Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.”
Matthew 20:26b

As a young boy, I was asked this question: “What’s your motto in life?” I would simply give this answer:

“I want to live my life not just on the basis of success, but on the premise of significance.”

My whole thought about it back then was plainly this. Success is nothing if it’s not significant yet if I find myself significant through playing my part, it will be geared towards success. Growing up, I was exposed in an environment where ignorance and complacency shouldn’t always be your best friend.

And there’s this battle between what you want to do and what’s the right thing to do in every situation.

The environment I grew up in and the people who surrounded me in the crucial moments of my teenage years from high school to college has directed me to always consider the latter than the former. I would’ve chosen to be unmindful of it, that I may enjoy the blessing of innocence, yet my heart feels so frustrated for others whenever if there’s a need that isn’t met or plans that are not implemented just because they don’t know what to do or how to make it happen. And so in those years, I delighted myself to first, observe; second, to know and learn; and lastly, to respond to the things that are happening around me. During these times, the heart of being a servant was birthed. I didn’t know it but I always find myself joyful in doing something humbling (and most of the time, unseen), yet very essential and beneficial to others. Thus, giving me fulfilment in every schedule and commitment that I respond to, day after day. Not only for the reason that I may use my time wisely, but to contribute myself as well to serve.

Never did I know that it was a harnessing time for me and all of it is happening for a purpose.

I could easily boast on the accomplishments that I have and the experiences that I’ve gone through which have propelled me to where I am today and to the assured future that I’ll be going, granted that all the things that I’ve done, in whole or in part, in the past have resulted in success. Yet wouldn’t it seem so superficial if I find my acceptance and belonging through what I do that I may look great? But God has prevented so by reminding me always to be more humble and lowly as I come to acquire the beneficial wisdom that I use to serve and help others and as I gain more knowledge because of my hunger for learning.

That I shouldn’t depend on my capacities and abilities, rather remind myself that I am just a God’s vessel that I may make myself to be a blessing to others.

As I, myself, have witnessed (and became a victim of it as well) that in spite of the demanding standards of this life that frustrates and exasperates people, I have observed that the reason behind every man’s pursuit, perseverance, and diligence in everything that an individual does for his or her self is for the achievement of success so they can become great. There’s nothing wrong with that. But I discovered that other people do it with the wrong motives. This raises their vulnerability to measure their worth on what they have achieved and attained, and not from the One who has made them valuable because they’ve become blinded by earthly standards, thus, missing their purpose.

And all that we do in our lives, if it is not offered to God and if Jesus is not glorified, they are all vanity.

Therefore, I’ve come to align my viewpoint at the right purpose as young as I am. That I will do things, wherever I am placed, whatever that I do, and to whomever it is given, will never be done for self-glorification but for Christ’s appreciation. It was not a quick process to go through. But God never gave up on me. God has made me realize that the impact of what I am doing makes me more humble.

My success will never define my significance but my significance will determine what my success is. It is found in Christ.

Since then, I do the things that I do in my scope of influence, loving it and see to it that excellence should never be an issue. I am motivated to become a supply because of Christ whose life is a great example of being a servant. I’m so grateful that God has given me Christian parents who taught me the greatest thing that I must know in my life. To know Christ and find my purpose in Him. I am what I am by the grace of God. I give to the serving environment and to the people in which I’ve opened my eyes upon, the credits as to why I have delighted myself to have a servant heart. I delighted as well to work behind the scenes. My availability has given me the opportunity to use the gifts that God has given me that I came to serve different kinds of people. I was able to maximize myself through our church. And God has honoured such faithfulness through the years that He brought me into places that I never imagined even in my wildest dreams I’ll be serving. And I know there’s more to come. Servants are not motivated to become famous. They are just contented to where their Master is using them. They have nothing to brag. They always have a humble heart because they are grateful for the privilege that was been given to them. And His Word says God truly exalts those who are humble before Him. He also rewards those who are faithful. From such humility, I have proved one thing. There is greatness in serving.

Writer’s Bio: Aaron Paul Teodosio is a church volunteer and a student of the Word at New Life Christian Center. Read more of his thoughts at katwiranmo.blogspot.com