Do you have a servant’s heart?
Do you pay attention to people’s needs? Are you there when they need you?(1John 3:18) Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
Did you know Jesus was a servant? And, our example of how servanthood looks like should come from Him (Matthew 20:28)just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
(Ephesians 5:1) Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children)
Having the heart of a servant, you are always on the lookout for ways to help people, no matter the need.(Galatians 6:10)Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
As a servant of God your slogan should be “Let’s do all the good we can, for whoever we can, whenever we can, and in anyway we can, in any place we can, at any opportunity we can, to all the people we can, for however long we can, while we’re here to give”……
Are you a trustworthy and dependable servant? That servant you’ve been called to be unto God? (Luke 12:41-48) please read these passages…this is the description of a servant…..
Can God look to you… and say… I can depend on my servant to complete this assignment I have given to them, achieve their responsibilities, and keep their promises, as well as their commitments – Can He?
Lets shift gears here for a moment and take a look at all Jesus did to serve when He was here on earth…
He humbled himself and took on the responsibility of doing the things that everyone else tried to avoid and not find significance in, such as…..
Washing Others Feet,
did you know in biblical days, washing the feet of exhausted travelers, who traveled for miles remind you….would have been a job assigned to a gentile slave by the host.
Not even a Jewish slave would be expected to do this lowly job as a servant. But, Jesus did..(John 13:4-5)So He ( Jesus) got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.
(Philippians 2:5-8) Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
Blessing The Children Who Others Overlooked, (Mark 10:13-16) And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
Cooked, Prepared, and Served A Meal,(John 21:9-13) When they got there, they found breakfast waiting for them—fish cooking over a charcoal fire, and some bread. “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught,” Jesus said. So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn. “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. None of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish.
As well as healed lepers.(Matthew 8:2-3)Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
Jesus also healed the 10 lepers in (Luke 17:12-14)As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
Nothing was too good for Jesus, even in all his GREATNESS.
I believe it’s safe to say that, it’s hard to find faithful people who are living for God today, that are ready, willing, and able to be a servant for whatever reason…
Question, Have you ever did volunteer work? I mean just to see how everyone is so (gung -ho) in the beginning, and then after a few days people just stop showing up, or start laxing in their assigned position?
Why is it like that though? How is this considered having a servant’s heart? where serving others in the beginning for a short period of time is fine, but then from out of no where the persons heart begins to change…. and then, here comes that unGodly thinking and that “be thankful I’m here attitude”, that sneaks in and they begin to expect something in return. Or, they start complaining…. Is that really a heart of a servant?
That’s when you should know that, that servanthood heart has become stagnant for whatever reason, and your now serving for different reasons(2 Corinthians 4:16)For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
Yeah, when you start to get frustrated because you feel you’re being taken advantage of or feel as though certain expectations aren’t being met, that’s when it’s time for you to bow out gracefully and get before God and take a deeper look within self…Yes, Examine yourself.. (2 Corinthians 13:5) Test and evaluate yourselves to see whether you are in the faith and living your lives as [committed] believers.
If you can’t serve small how can God count on you to serve on a larger scale??(Luke 16:10)“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
( 1 Corinthians 16:14) Let all that you do be done in love.