What is Christianity all about? Serving. Somewhere between the end of the first century and our present time, the model of the Servant-King has been lost! A servant’s heart identifies one as having compassion, being conscientious, and showing concern. Our society seeks celebrity status and it is often sought at the expense of conviction and character. This push towards notoriety even trickles down into the Christian faith in subtle ways. Only when "what can I do for you" replaces "what is in it for me" can I personally begin to grow as a fulfilled servant.
Nature gives us illustrations of how we can serve one another to better live together. The principle is called community. It involves living together, but neither at the expense of the other. For example, there is a little saltwater fish called a “goby.” The goby has poor eyesight and is defenseless; thus, is vulnerable to predators. However, the goby is a superb digger. Shrimp have great eyesight and good defenses but are poor diggers. Thus, they lack proper shelter.
Community results in the goby digging a hole in which the two live together. The goby provides the burrow and the shrimp serves as a lookout and protector. Neither lives at the expense of the other without providing for the other and that’s God’s design for the Christian community.