5 years ago, I walked down the aisle to marry my husband. The music playing in the background was Maranatha Singers’ “Make Me a Servant”. Well, servanthood is something we are still growing in, and there is a joy in it we are still discovering.
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Why should we be servants?
I thought I would see what the Bible says about servanthood. Placing all these verses together, I got this picture of servanthood as a powerful way to show love for others, an expression of freedom.
We serve God because we love Him, and we want to be part of all He is.
[2 Timothy 2:24] – “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient.”
[1 John 2:5-6] – “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
[Mark 10:45] – “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
We serve one another because God’s love in us gives us a vision to lift up others. We serve the world we live in because the love of God compels us to give hope and joy to all.
[Galatians 5:13-14] – “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”
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Servants of God
To be a servant of God is not something forced upon us. Rather, it is a privilege and a blessing that we can choose to serve the King of kings! We get to draw close to Him as friends and hear His thoughts, and His good plans. We get to be partakers in His joy, co-workers in His miracles, witnesses of His glory. We serve God as we follow Him, hear Him and obey His good Word.
[John 12:26] – “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serve Me, him My Father will honour.”
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Servants to one another
Part of being a servant of God is being a servant to one another. [Philippians 2:3-4] gives us a great insight into what this entails:
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Living out practical servanthood means that we look out for the interests of others. We see what others need, or how they might receive a blessing. We lay ourselves down in order to lift up others, and we do this with joy and humility.
In the last two weeks, while I have been unwell, my husband has blessed me humbly and without complaining. He has cooked, cleaned, driven me places and encouraged me. Reflecting on this, he noted that serving one another to the glory of God comes out of love. It is not done out of duty, and it is not done for reward. Seeing this same attitude in my family and in so many people at our church, I am constantly encouraged to serve and bless those around me.
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When we are filled with the love of God, it increases our own capacity to give and to serve others – that is the overflow of our Father’s love. Make me a servant, help me serve with love, help me serve with joy.
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