God’s Call to Loving Service Part – 3

Matthew 20:28 ——– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Jesus did not want to be attended on in pomp and state, to have a numerous retinue about Him, waiting upon Him, and ministering to Him; as is the case of the princes, and great men of the world; though he is Lord of all, and King of kings;
He lived as a servant unto others, going about from place to place to do good, both to the bodies and souls of men: he “came” forth from his Father, down from heaven, into this world, by his assumption of human nature, to “minister”  to the people by preaching the Gospel, and working miracles, in confirmation of it.
He freely laid down his life so that we could receive salvation.

The secret to being in the kingdom of God is how much we are willing to be a servant to our fellow brothers and sisters. The Bible has a great deal to say about servant hood because the central theme of the Bible is the Servant of all—Jesus Christ.

We often find ourselves serving God but also wanting some sort of position in the church. Our position by default should be that of a servant. When we are a servant, one thing is certain; we will experience negative situations coming against us and we must imitate Christ when we respond to these situations.

Our life encompasses our thoughts, emotions, feelings, action and desires. As a human Jesus has His own desire but because He loves His Father He carries out His Father’s will. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus wanted the cup of suffering taken away from Him, He wanted another way out, but He obediently says “let Your will be done.”

If we want to work in the kingdom of God we can only do so with the heart of a servant. Paul always introduced himself as a servant for Christ. The secret to experience the goodness of God is based on how much we are willing to give up our desires and make God’s desires our own. It is going to involve sacrifice and pain but  we will be a blessing in the life of others, using God’s resources to help them.

To be a servant does not require money but a heart to reach out.

HOW DO WE KNOW IF WE HAVE A SERVANT’S HEART? BY HOW WE ACT WHEN WE ARE TREATED LIKE ONE

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