Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave-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. -Matthew 20:26-28
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus; who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross. – Philippians 2:5-8
The world’s definition of a servant is to find out what their Master says do and then do it. The biblical truth of servanthood is different. We are the clay and our Heavenly Father is the potter (Jeremiah 18:1-6). First, the clay has to be molded. The clay must be responsive to the potter, so the potter can make any instrument of his choosing. Then the clay must do something else, remain in the potter’s hand. When the potter has finished making the instrument of his choosing, that instrument has no ability to do anything whatsoever. Suppose the potter molds the clay into a cup. The cup needs to remain in the potter’s hands, so the potter can use that cup in any way he chooses.
This is an idea of what true servanthood is about. When we come to God has his servant, he first wants us to allow him to mold and shape us into the instruments of His choosing. Then he can take our life and put it where he wills and work through it to accomplish his purposes. Just like a cup cannot do anything on its own, we do not have any ability to do the commands of the Lord except being where he wants us to be.
We must be two things: 1 be moldable and 2 remain in the Master’s hands. Then the master can use us as He chooses. Even Jesus could not do things himself. “Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19).
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
If God is working within us, we can do anything that he can do through us. Servanthood requires obedience. Jesus had to do what his Father told him to do, he could nothing without God. We must do what we are asked to do by God and remember it is not us doing it, but the power of the Holy Spirit (see Zechariah 4:6).
God does not shout out orders and expect us to jump and do them. He wants us to be in relationship with him. Then he wants us to respond to him, allow him to hold us, break us from our selfish ways, mold us into what he wants and then he can do whatever he wants through us.
We are a “doing” people. We always want to be doing something. Occasionally someone will say, “Don’t just stand there, do something.”
However, I think God is crying out and shouting to us, “Don’t just do something. Stand there! Enter into a love relationship with me. Get to know me. Adjust your life to me. Let me love you and reveal myself to you as I work through you.”
A time will come when the doing will be called for, but we cannot skip the relationship. The relationship with God must come first. Without God we can do nothing. God wants us to come to a greater knowledge of him by experience. He wants to establish a love relationship with us. He wants to involve each of us in his kingdom purposes. He wants to accomplish it through us. Are we willing to be servants?“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me” (John 12:26).
I was actually quite surprised at the meaning of servant in this passage of scripture. I like most would think that this would be like a bondservant and following whatever God our master wants us to do. Actually, the word “servant” here means ministers and deacons; God wants us all to be ministers and deacons. If we are to serve him, we must be willing to follow him. We must be willing to be wherever God is. If God places us somewhere may it be in a supermarket or the town center or even in our homes, we must be serving him. We as Christians are supposed to reflect him in everything we do and say.
When God is about to do something through us, he has to get us from where we are to where he is. So, he comes and tells us what he is doing. When we know what God is doing, we know what we need to do. We need to join him. We cannot stay the way we are if we are to go with God. We will be changed.
Think about the clay, it cannot be changed on its own. It has to be held, shaped and molded. We are the same way. We must be willing to give our all to Jesus and allow him to hold us, break away the impurities, shape and then mold us to what he will us to be. When we get to the point of him deciding what he wants to make us and what he wants us to do, then we will be able to serve him wherever he is.
What is God saying to us? We are a serving people. We love to “do.” But for a bit God wants to stop, reflect, rededicate ourselves, and seriously give ourselves to Him.
Are we trying to change ourselves into what we want? Are we trying to work our way into Heaven?
God wants us to stop and reflect on our relationship with him. He wants us to rest and allow him to hold us close to him. God wants us to trust him, place our lives into his hands, allow him to mold and shape us into his image and then go back out and work. Just like the Sabbath and how God took time off to rest, we must take a Sabbath from time to time to rejuvenate ourselves in his care!!!! Even Jesus took time off to pray and to rest. Remember, he could do nothing without God. He even had the Holy Spirit descend upon him after his baptism and spent 40 days fasting just with God, before he began his ministry. What does that tell us?
We cannot serve without God! We cannot serve without his presence in our lives.
- To be a servant of God, we must be moldable and remain in the Master’s hand.
- Apart from God, we can do nothing.
- God can do anything through us, we just have to allow him to take control!
- When we find out where the Master is, then we will know where we need to be.
- We come to know God by experience as we obey him and allow him to accomplish his works through us.
Today, spend time with God. He is saying to us, “Don’t just do something. Stand there! Enter into a love relationship with me. Get to know me. Adjust your life to me. Let me love you and reveal myself to you as I work through you.”