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What is the nature of servant-hood? Why is it important?
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13, 14)
There are many ways to describe the nature of a servant, and why servant-hood is important? As I began my journey in fulltime ministry, I thought I would just show up and God will direct me. I still believe in that statement. I pray that I have grown in my understanding in how that looks in a more practical way. Though there are many avenues that we could venture, I only deal with three questions: to whom do we ultimately serve, who are we to serve in daily activities, and what is the attitude a servant should have. I hope that this will also reveal why we should serve.
God the creator sent His son as a living example, to communicate his love and redemptive call for humanity. Jesus humbly demonstrates that very love in His few years while on earth. Jesus said ‘I came to serve not be served’ and He asked us to ‘do to others as I have done until you.’ Our gracious father commands us to love and serve each other. We are servants of a Holy God, and as we grow in our knowledge of Him, we are encouraged to take on the very nature of Christ.
“Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:3) “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5)
The Christian is to take on the mind of Christ, the attitude of Christ, and the purpose or reason that Christ did what he did. These areas are essential to effectiveness and the productiveness in the believer’s call. First, we need decentralize ourselves, and understand that the universe does not revolve around us. In humility, Christ offers us the example by putting the needs of others before his own. In addition, He was not looking for the approval from men. He was not trying to attain any selfish gain. He did ministry out of His love for us, and His obedience to the Father. I ask myself this question: do I serve on my terms and out of convenience? Subconsciously, I know I need an attitude adjustment, that if God called me to a particular service, there should not be a job too small or too big. This type of service is contagious and it comforts those in need.
And who are those in need? Our families, God’s children, and anyone else we encounter with a need, in which, God is calling us to help. He gives us the Holy Spirit, and the desire to complete His mission, and this is the main reason why we serve.
Thank you Lord for allowing me to serve you, and your people! Juan Mendez is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick
Think About This: God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies. James Hudson Taylor
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31