Concierge

American Heritage Dictionary states that the word concierge is, "[French, from Old French cumcerges, from Vulgar Latin *cnservius, alteration of Latin cnservus, fellow slave : com-, com- + servus, slave.]

Concierges are caretakers, doorkeepers, custodians, head porters, or a hotel employee who assists quests as by booking theater reservations or arranging for transportation.

The job of Concierge has also evolved into personal assistant: people who do all the time-consuming odd jobs for someone, like running errands.

The early usage of the word has the meaning of "keeper of the candles" and the then "keeper of the keys", and "doorkeeper".

Concierge can be summarily defined as the expert servant.

Jesus came as a servant. He said: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20.

Years ago, Chuck Swindoll wrote a book called "Improving Your Serve". The title was memorable, but I had no idea what it was about. Seems so obvious now. Steve Sjogren talks about serving your way into someones or a city's heart. If Jesus came to serve, then what about his followers. Service is about serving and servants serve. Serving is a humble thing.

Jesus is the model for evangelism, pastoring, apostleship, and the prophetic and he came serving. That says serving is a pretty big deal and a key to growth- personal and church. So, why is so much of the Christian culture or "Christendom" about getting service? 'I want my teaching, my music, my (goosebumps in) worship... " We want to be entertained whether it's in your living room or at the big room church. 'Serve me', we say; and then we wonder why it doesn't work. We have lean souls.

Serving should be a life-style for the Christian, if they are a Christ-follower.

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