I need to correct their error (meaning I have superior knowledge, corner ontruth).2.
My education has equipped me to know what is best for you (so let me domost of the talking while you do most of the listening and changing).3.
I am here to help you (so do as I say).4.
I can be your spiritual mentor (so I am your role model).5.
Let me disciple you, equip you, train you (often perceived as ³let me makeyou into a clone of myself´).
This writer had to admit: guilt has settled through thinking, saying, and acting with thesesuperior attitudes masked as noble efforts to ³help´. Elmer uses his own experience inestablishing the need for his thesis: an examination in ³the process of becoming a cross-culturalservant´.
The very first issue with which one must wrestle is the desire to imitate Christ. Comingas a servant, Jesus chose to don the towel and serve the disciples by washing their feet (cf. John13:1-17). This act was the most obvious of Jesus¶ desire to serve, nonetheless, everything He didwas in service to those who could not help themselves. Yet, in His desire to serve, He did nothave a spirit of superiority, but ³rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of aservant´.
Consequently, anyone wishing to imitate Christ must suppress their desire to beregarded, revered, or respected (cf. Matthew 16:24-25). This need is even greater in cross-cultural ministry. Carrying one¶s cross for Christ is the definition of humility and ³humility is amandated attitude for all believers everywhere´.
According to Elmer, humility expressed in thelife of Christ¶s followers, is the foundation for the process of cross-cultural servanthood. Fillingthe majority of the pages in
, the author develops his process of
ral Servanthood: Serving the World in
(Downers Grove,IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 17.