The Servant Heart

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Christ’s entire life was one of a Servant.

The great messianic passages in the Bible prophesied Jesus as the Servant:

Isaiah 42:1
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.

Isaiah 53:11
After he has suffered,  he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

Many people in the Bible were called servants and assumed a deliberate servant role.  The list includes Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Samuel, David, Job, Simeon, Paul, Peter, Timothy, James, Jude and others.  They were servants because they chose to worship the one true God.

In today’s world, servanthood has increasingly become a lost concept. We have difficulty understanding the real meaning of servanthood.

With domestic servants, the aspects of servanthood are more evident.  Domestic servants are to display characteristics like humility, submission to authority and obedience.

Even though employees in the workplace are also servants, the understanding of servanthood often is missing as employees are more often concerned with their rights than responsibilities and submission.

Refusal to submit ourselves to others often carries over in our refusal to submit to other believers, the pastor, the church, or sometimes even to God.

Many Christians are more concerned with their privileges and personal rights as members of the church than the joy of serving one another and God.

The Bible gives two reasons why we should be a servant.

1) It is a command.

Philippians 2:7 tells us to think like Jesus, who “took upon Him the form of a servant”.  We are to think like a servant.  Many of Jesus’ parables describe the relationships in God’s kingdom as that of servants with a king or master.  One truth of the parables is that servants will be called to give an account of their servanthood.  In the same manner, Jesus will call His servants to give account of their servanthood.  He expects and desires us to be His servant.

How would Jesus evaluate your servanthood today?  Are you an obedient and hardworking servant or are you a lazy or disobedient one?

2) Jesus is our model.

We are to become like Christ.  Jesus washed the disciples’ feet before the Lord’s Supper.  Then He told them in John 13:14-15: 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”  Jesus was not as interested in the disicples’ clean feet as He was in the disciples assuming servant roles.

God does not need our service.  He does not need anything – not our talent, our intelligence, our money, or our service.  If God wants something, He is very able to supply it. God demands service not out of His need, but out of our need.

If God were preparing a list of His faithful and true servants today, would you want to be included on that list?

Let us pray.

Thank you Jesus, for showing me through Your life, how You came to earth to serve and not to be served.  Help me to live likewise.  Dear Lord, make me a servant, faithful and true. Help me to be willing to be humble and to obey You as Your servant.  Thank You for giving me the opportunities to serve others.  With Your strength, help me to serve others with dedication and joy as I am aware that in serving them, I am actually serving You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.


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