17th September 2013

We Are The Servants Now  

“Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 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.’”
Mark 10:42-44 (NIV) 

In 1945, after 10 years out of office, Clement Atlee’s Labour Party achieved a landslide victory in the first General Election after the Second World War. One of the statements made by a member of the Party on taking up government was We are the masters now.’ 

Fifty-two years later, in May 1997, Labour achieved another landslide victory, and in one of his first speeches to the parliamentary party Tony Blair made reference to that statement. He told his MP’s that they must always remember that they are the servants of the people and not the masters, and if they forget, the people would show they are not the masters at the next ballot box. 

Tony Blair’s statement may have been politically motivated, to ensure his party retained power for as long as possible, but if we take it at face value it’s perfectly true: the government is there to serve the people. It is, after all, composed of a Prime Minister, and Cabinet Ministers. The very terms imply service: to minister to. Its administrators are even called ‘Civil Servants’. 

There is an important parallel here for Christians, because just as those in the government of the day should be servants, so should followers of Christ live a life of service, as members of God’s Kingdom. Jesus himself said, ‘…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…’ (Mark 10:45) and one of the great hallmarks of his followers is that of being a servant. 

How can we serve others? Matthew 25 gives us some pointers: giving the hungry something to eat, the thirsty something to drink, and being hospitable to strangers (Matthew 25:35). Giving some clothes to the needy, caring for the sick, and visiting those in difficulty (verse 36). When we carry out these small acts of kindness to others we not only follow Jesus’ example of service, it’s as if we are directly serving him (verse 40). 

It’s of no surprise that Jesus will say to these servants, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” (verse 34), because God’s kingdom is all about service not lauding it over people. 

Let’s live out the Kingdom life together, committing ourselves to God’s service, for we are the servants now! 

Prayer
Father, may the love of Jesus fill me with compassion and concern for others and motivate me to look for ways I can serve as I live out my Christianity in your service.
Amen
 

Study by Barry Robinson

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barryrobinsonAbout the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

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