“ . . . just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.” -Matthew 20:28
Jesus is the most perfect example of servanthood. Aren’t you glad that you can be like Jesus by serving others and serving the Lord. You can’t love God and love people, without serving God and serving people. Here are six ways that we can be Godly servants.
Godly Servants are . . .
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. And whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:43-45
To Another Level Lesson: Servants give up personal rights to find greatness in serving others.
A servant makes the effort to find a need and meet it.
Question: In your opinion, how can you “care” for other people in tangible ways?
2) Humble. (Luke 14:7-11)
To Another Level Lesson: Servants humble themselves and wait for God to lift them up.
Question: How are God’s ways different than the world’s ways?
“One day, the Lord called little Samuel in an audible voice and said, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel thought that it was Eli who was calling, but it was the Lord. When Samuel finally realized that it was the Lord calling him, he responded, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’” -1 Samuel 3:10
That’s the kind of attitude and readiness a servant has. Speak to me, Lord, and I will listen.
Say the Word, Lord, and I will obey. Give me direction, Lord, and I will follow.
To Another Level Lesson: Servants don’t find excuses, they find opportunities to minister.
Question: Do you find it more difficult to hear the voice of God or to obey the voice of God?
4) Imitators of Christ.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” -Philippians 2:5-7
To Another Level Lesson: Servants follow Jesus, rather than seek a position.
Question: Why was it important for Jesus to take on the nature of a servant? Why should doing the same be important to you and me?
“His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph over his foes.” -Psalm 112:8
Many people today are so insecure about themselves that they are afraid of being a servant?
“What will others think of me?” / “After all, I may lose some of my friends.” / “What about my reputation.”
To Another Level Lesson: Servants risk serving others because they trust that God is in control of their lives.
Question: What are some common excuses we come up with to justify that we don’t have to serve?
6) Active (not lazy).
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:31
As a waiter or waitress waits on customers in the restaurant, so we are called to wait of God. Serving God is action oriented.
To Another Level Lesson: Servants find strength and a second wind when they actively serve in God’s kingdom.
Question: Based on Isaiah 40:31, how would you respond to someone who tells you that they are weary and weak?
Are you willing to be like Christ? Then, become a servant.