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A Servants Heart-Part I

A Servants Heart-Part I

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)

I believe that each of us has desired to be recognized for an ability we possess or deed that we have done in our life.  It could have been recognition from our parents as we were growing up, a coach while playing sports, a teacher while we were in school, an employer with respect to our working abilities and accomplishments, or even from simply doing various things for our friends, family as well as our brothers and sisters in the body of believers.  

My point is that everyone responds well to praise, and kindness.  And each of us desires for others to see what we are doing with respect to our serving them.  So whether we are putting in extra at work, giving it all we have for our church body, or lovingly raising our children in the ways of the Lord, we all benefit greatly from those who acknowledge this service.  Let's face it, every mother's heart is filled with warmth when her child gives her a Mother's day card; sharing their feelings of gratitude and love.

Jesus spoke with His disciples when the question arose about whether James and John might be allowed to sit at His left and right sides in Jesus' Kingdom.  He answered by addressing the principles of serving Him and others, and the costs that are 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 with regard to a series of devotionals on having the proper heart for serving -  "A servants heart."  You see, we cannot serve with an insincere heart; it will be detected and we gain nothing from this type of service.  To serve others first we must understand that we are first and foremost serving our Lord, we are being imitators of Him (See Eph 5:1).  We are told in Colossians 3:17 how we are to properly serve.

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 do we do everything in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God through Him?

A:    The reason we do everything in the name of Jesus Christ, is that everything we do reflects on Jesus Christ.

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.   When we speak, drive, eat, or drink each of these acts hold 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, 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; 1Corinthians 9:19 (NKJV)

Q:    So what must we do to have the proper heart to serve others?

We will answer this question in the next series of devotionals, as we look at God's outline of the 8-qualities that we must possess for having a proper servant's heart.

I want to encourage you today to be seeking the approval of God alone.  It is His approval that we need, and should desire.  It is only God who truly loves us unconditionally, and we will be seeing Him soon.  Let's build up treasures for eternity and not be so caught up with what our temporary body wants while we are here on earth.  After all, isn't that what Jesus told us to do?

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." Matthew 6:19-20 (NKJV)

In Part II of this devotional series we will begin to break down those qualities that we must put on 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: Are you willing to serve others and win them to the Kingdom of God, as you imitate Christ?

APPLICATION: Ask God whom you may serve today, and be willing to do it unto the Lord; giving all praise and glory to Him rather than your self.

Father, I 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 my desire today to serve those whom You have brought into my life.  I pray for wisdom, discernment and everything I need to serve them with an agape love that honors and glorifies You.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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