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The Servant


He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. if anyone serves Me, him My Father will honour. John 12:25-26

Many of us are familiar with this verse. But what exactly was Jesus talking about? First of all we have to look at Jesus Himself. What does the scripture say that he did? Philippians 2:7 says that Christ made Himself of no reputation, taking on the form a servant. Jesus said Himself in Matthew 20:28 that He did not come to be served but to serve. Jesus Christ is God incarnate and picture this, the God of all gods, the Majesty of heaven, the Creator came and took on the form of a man to serve His creation. Willingly washing His disciple’’s feet and then allowing Himself to be punished in our place. He freely gave Himself to us even to the point of dying on the cross. He said no there is no greater love than this, than someone lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13 It was the ultimate act of being a servant.

When we come to Christ, we become His bond-servants. In the old testament when a slave gave himself willingly to a household, the master took that slave to the doorpost of his house and drove an awl though the servant’’s ear. The shedding of the servant’’s blood on the doorpost signifies what Christ did for us by shedding His blood. We are saying to Jesus we no longer want to be a slave to sin but His slave. His bond-servant. We bind our selves to Him willingly because of what He did for us. We give up our right to freedom and become His servant for eternity.

Thinking of being a servant sometimes bring up images of a tough master but in the Christians case this is not so. He promises us rest in serving Him. Jesus said "Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."  Matthew 11:28-30

Being a Christian means to serve. It means putting the needs of others ahead of yourself. It means doing the lowliest of tasks without complaint. A true servant will do the jobs that no one else wants. It means doing things for God that no one sees except Him. He is humble and does not boast in the things he does. They follow Christ’’s example as in Philippians 2:5-11 True servant’s of God know that their real reward for service is in Heaven. A crown of righteousness.

I once attended a church with about 800 members where only less than 5 percent were servant’’s. The rest just sat back and wanted to be served. Imagine what that church could have done if all of them were servant’’s like in Acts 2:42-47. They could have turned this city upside down. Will we allow your church to become like that? I pray not. I pray that each of us would find an area of service. Find out what you can do. Your church has many areas in which you can serve. Ask the pastor where you can help. You may be asked to do some tasks that don’’t have any earthly reward, but if you have a servant’s heart you will not grumble or complain. That is the true test of a real servant.

Thanks to Launa of Launa’s Little Piece of Heaven for creating the Take a Stand For Jesus banner for me. Let everyone know you are taking a stand and copy and paste it into your latest blog.

God bless

Gerry

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Comments on: "The Servant" (11)

  1. Unknown said:

    ☺ Ok~Sir~I see~yet I thinks GOD still loves him–this little naughty kid.☺ Let\’s just pray for his salvation!! May GOD let this little naughty kid know not to talk about sth for homosexual events!!! We are now GOD\’s holy kids eternally through CHRIST without blemish and free from accusation!!! But Satan hates us!!! Avoid evil!!! Avoid Satan at any time!!!★★★But be Holy whenever/wherever/whatever!!!!!★★★☺ May GOD(Dear FATHER/LORD JESUS) Loves & Save him!

  2. how do you feel about the gnostics?

  3. Gnosticism is/was the teaching that tried to reduce Christianity to a philosophy. The Gnostics claimed they had secret and superior knowledge. It generally taught that matter was evil and that the God of the Bible is a lower god called the Demiurge. The Absolute Supreme Being is unknowable. Jesus could not be God in flesh, because matter is evil. Therefore, Jesus became the Christ when the "heavenly Christ" came upon Him at His baptism.It goes against biblical teaching and is classified as a cult.

  4. If all people get into heaven, why do you have to be a good person?

  5. If you have a servants heart…you will not grumble or complain….hmmm!Self, reality check!Noted!Something always jumps off the page…Praise His Name!Sherra

  6. Hi KaylaHere is the sad news. Not everyone is going to heaven.The Jesus says in Matthew 7:13-14; "You can enter God\’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.Here\’s some more bad news. You can never be good enough to get into heaven. Isaiah says in 64:6 We are all infected and impure with sin. When we proudly display our righteous deeds, we find they are but filthy rags.There is no way we can make it into heaven on our own merits.Here is the good news. God provided a way through His Son Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says; "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. All you have to do is turn from your sins, accept what Jesus did for you on the cross and follow Him.Romans 10:9; For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Come to Him today. It is never too late

  7. redvelvet said:

    Can\’t tell you enough… You have such a great space!!! Third Day is my favorite Christian Band… Thanks for the "Those Taking a Stand" list… I have enjoyed checking them out… Thanks for sharing your joy in the Lord… Bless you…

  8. “The Church is now more like the Scribes and Pharisees than like Christ . . . . What are now called the \’essential doctrines\’ of the Christian religion he does not even mention.”Florence Nightingale, 1896 letter, quoted by Sir Edward Cook, Life of Florence Nightingale (1913)

  9. afjlajflagjal said:

    hi therei respect your decison in beleieving in God. Its really cool but the problem is i Dont. i some how cannot bring myself to do it. I want to try though. How do i do it? email me at navin.raj@gmail.com. and explain to me dinasours.Navin

  10. Jus want 2 say beautiful site ,an jus 4 coment if only the world would remember its not ours God(Allah) is the world we all jus live in it 4 awhile an its deeds and hearts he sees and knows us ,an judges us by,,May God {Allah}hold all his children in the palm of his hands an he sends his angels 2 watch over them ,amen(ameen)

  11. Sir, I am a male chauvinist, but I do not want it to carry on any longer. I want to be able to live in harmony with females, for I always look at them as inferior and servile.Please give me feedback on this issue of mine…my e-mail address is davidnyambi595@hotmail.com.God Bless

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