There is no “I” in Servant

In today’s Western world we don’t talk much about servants or servitude. Yet in the Bible and around church we hear this term a lot:

Malachi 3:17-18 “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

Serving God is obviously something treasured…something important. It is also something God calls us to.

John 12:26 Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves Me.

So yes, we are to serve and follow Jesus and to be where He is. (That’s an interesting thought … where would Jesus be that we should be there too…hmmm, maybe check out Matthew 9:9-13.) As well, we are to not look to lord over people or seek personal power and authority over others, but to serve like Jesus.

Mark 10:42-45 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Wow, the ‘slave of all’ is the lowest of slaves. Now it’s not just a servant, but a lowly slave. It went without saying then, but today we need to be reminded… a slave or servant had nothing, owned nothing, and was considered as nothing! They were all about their master, their will, their wants, their needs, their bidding. A servant took on their master’s desires and made them their own. A servant sought the goals and purposes of their master and helped to achieve them. A servant even went so far as to love their master and gave their life to bring them honor. So yes, there is no ‘I’ in servant.

So how can we be quality servants of The Lord? Here are four thoughts:

Quality servants are exclusive
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
Too often we try to serve God and money, fame, power, self, family, kids, church. Remember Matthew 6:33…seek first the Kingdom of God (which is Jesus on the throne) and everything will fall into the right priority in life.

Quality servants sacrifice
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.

Quality servants love, love others and of course God
Romans 12:10-11 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

Quality servants wholeheartedly obey
Ephesians 6:6-8 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

Again, it is very clear there is no ‘I’ in servant. The question is, are you willing to be a servant?

Seeking to Be a Servant with no ‘I’ with you,

Mike

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