Having A Servant's Heart - Part 1

Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.  And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave Matthew 20:26-27 (NKJV)

When the question arose from the mother of James and John as to whether they might be allowed to sit at Jesus’ left and right sides in His Kingdom, Jesus answered by addressing the principles of serving Him and others, and He spoke about the costs often associated, but seldom thought of when demonstrating this humble type of serving.  Jesus based greatness in the life of His disciples on their willingness to serve.  As He said clearly, to be great, they must become the “servant” of others.

Since Jesus put such great emphasis on “serving,” I have decided to put an emphasis on it as well through a series of devotionals titled, “Having a servant's heart.” 

The first thing we need to know is we cannot serve with an insincere heart, as it will be detected and in reality we will gain nothing from this type of service.  When we serve others we should actually be doing it as unto the Lord (Col. 3:23), and for His glory.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)

Q:         Why are we told to do everything in the name of Jesus?

The reason the Apostle Paul told us to do everything in the name of Jesus Christ, is to remind us how everything we do ultimately reflects upon Jesus. People are watching us because of our claim to be Christian (Christ-like).  So when our actions reflect the true actions of Christ, we reflect His grace, love and mercy, and He is glorified.  This is why it is so important to think about this verse when we are making seemingly non-important decisions throughout our day.  Everything we do holds a potential witness— either good or bad of what it means to be “Christ-like.”

The Apostle Paul spoke of this type of God-honoring and God-reflecting serving of others in his letter to the Corinthian church.

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 1 Corinthians 9:19 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to be seeking the approval of God alone.  In Part 2 of this devotional series we will begin to break down eight qualities outlined in God’s word—qualities we must put on daily in our Christian life.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to serving, and how we are to live our lives?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What motivates you to serve others?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s ask God whom we may serve today, and then let’s be willing to do it unto the Lord; giving all praise and glory to Him.

LET’S PRAYFather, we want to thank You for allowing Your Son to come and give us the perfect example of what it means to be a servant.  It is our desire today to serve those whom You have brought into our lives.  We pray for Your wisdom, discernment and everything we need to serve others with agape love.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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