11th February 2013

God’s Servants

“Whoever wants to be the first among you must be your slave.  That is what the Son of Man has done:  He came to serve, not be served…”
Matthew 20:27-28 MSG)

The New Testament makes it clear that we are to be servants.  And the Old Testament tells about two types of servants, hired servants and bond servants.  Hired servants are paid wages and have certain rights.  Bond servants have no wages and no rights, and can be treated in whatever way their master decides.

In the New Testament, the word for servants of Jesus, is bond servant and so this means that we have no rights.  Jesus Himself, “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 bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6, 7 NKJV).

The beginning of servanthood is to be humble, and I Peter 5:5 (NKJV) tells us to be clothed with humility.  Humility originates from the word ‘humus’, which is decaying organic matter and that’s what we are!  But the Bible tells us, “he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11 NKJV).

Leo Tolstoy said, “The vocation of every man and woman is to serve other people”, and that’s what we find in the Bible.  Paul knew this and said, “We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5 NLT).

So remember we are the bond slaves of Jesus Christ.   We have been paid for by the blood of Christ and belong to Him–we don’t have a right to our life, it no longer belongs to us, and we must honour God with our body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT).

Prayer
Father, I know I haven’t served others as I should have. Please help me to be a bond servant like Jesus and follow his example.
Amen

Study by Jill Newman

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One Response to “11th February 2013”

  1. Darko Vilupek on February 11th, 2013 10:46 pm

    I like your text.
    God bless

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