Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Heart of A Servant

Just a few words today about the position of a servant. So many of God’s people have been given a servant’s heart. It seems that Jesus had the vocation in life to serve other people. He once said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)  In Luke’s gospel Jesus stated, “For I am among you as one who serves.” (22:27) Jesus defined service as meeting the needs of others and empowering them to be all that God has called us to be. That may not even include a position of status or power.

Jesus used the illustration of washing His disciples feet to teach them to wash one another’s feet. He set this example that they would do what He had done for them, and stated, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13)

It is not great talents that God blesses so much as great likeness to the Lord Jesus. I believe it is true to say that the vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people. To serve others is the same attitude as Christ. (Philippines 2:5-9) To be a servant of God we must be a servant of people. Albert Schweitzer said “The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. Paul wrote that we “serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not man.” (Ephesians 6:7)

How should we serve others? By being a “humble and gentle, being patient with each other, making allowances for each other’s faults because of your love.” (Ephesians 4:2)  Being humble about serving others means that we try to avoid feeling proud about our works or gifts that we have received of God. We should be genuinely modest and humble, wanting to remain in the background, we should never look for honor or praise from the good works we do.

Ron DiCianni wrote in his book Service to God that “Service must be preceded by surrender: somewhere between salvation and maturity in Christ our prayers should turn from ‘give me’ to ‘use me.’ Until then, we are quite useless to God.”  Paul writes in Romans 15:17 “Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God.” Our highest destiny as believers is to serve rather than to rule. God sees every act of love and kindness that we show. “Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the master you are serving is Christ!” (Colossians 3:24)