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.
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