I ran into a situation the other day while a was visiting a local church that got me to thinking. This particular church was having a contractor do some minor upgrades and the contractor had 4 workers with him doing the work. If you have ever heard the expression “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians”, you will know what I mean when I say that the entire job they were doing was one big disorganized mess.
This experience got me to thinking on how we approach what God has called us to do in His kingdom here on earth. Just who is the chief and who are the Indians in this situation?
Throughout the ages, God has referred to His faithful people as His servants. The Bible even calls Jesus "His holy Servant."
Unlike the religious leaders who exercised unquestioned authority over the people, Jesus came not as a ruler, but as a servant. From the example of His own life He teaches, "But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you shall be your minister and whosoever of you will be the number one leader, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be served, but to Serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Mar_10:43-45).
Christ ransomed us that we, too, might serve God and man. In our zeal to serve, we often overlook a critical truth: The servant does not choose his tasks. Our concept of serving God may be doing what we would like to do for God. We tell God what we will do for Him, and what we will not do; where we will go for Him, and where we will not. We even tell Him what must not interfere with our plans. In doing this we forget He is the Master, and that the Master assigns the task. Our part is to give ourselves to Him, accepting the assignment He bestows.
A servant is not free to serve on his own terms. Jesus said, "You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you to go and bring forth fruit" (Joh_15:16). So, we have been chosen to "run with patience the race that is set before us" (Heb_12:1). The race set before us may not be on the track we would choose. Perhaps we would not choose the people God has placed around us, or the location or circumstances we find ourselves in, but a servant is not above his Master. "A disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord" (Mat_10:24-25).
Christ's life was one of sacrifice and doing the Father's will. Though He was rich, for our sakes He became poor (2Co_8:9). He counted equality with God a thing not to be grasped but emptied Himself and became a servant (Phi_2:6-7). He came to do God's will (Heb_10:5-7).
As servants following in the footsteps of Christ, we must present our bodies as "living sacrifices" and say, "Here I am, I have come to do Your will," regardless of what the task may be.