The Power of Serving
The Heart of a Servant
A heart of gold. A heart filled with pain. A heart torn to pieces. A heart in despair. A heart for people. A heart for children. A heart for the needy. These are all common phrases that people say in relation to the heart, and I am sure that if you sit and think you may know others. However, the heart that we all should have is the heart of a servant.
We live in a society where the focus is always on the man in the mirror. We find ourselves focusing on our future, our image, our family, and how things will benefit us. Those things do have their place. However, this type of thinking can create people who are self-centered and selfish instead of relational and caring. This mindset can often trickled into our prayer life, the way we walk with God, the way we see things, or how we react or respond to the circumstances in our lives. Nevertheless, the truth of the matter is life is so much bigger than you and I. The reality is that there is a God, and he has a plan for our lives that goes beyond you alone. God sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of this world. Jesus is the perfect example of selflessness. In Jeremiah 29:11 it states, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, the thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end.”
God has a plan and purpose for us to impact and change the world, but we will not reach that point without him or only being concerned about ourselves. The moment we realize and understand that our lives and what we do can change the world, is the moment we take our eyes off ourselves and put them on others. Our greatest accomplishments will not be on what I have gained but how I have helped or impacted the life of another for the better. If that comes with benefits, so be it, but if not the greatest reward is helping, encouraging, equipping, and maturing someone else. When we look at history, it was not selfishness that has allowed America to become a country of freedoms, but it was people who decided to stand up for the greater good of others. It was individuals of all different education, economic, or ethnic backgrounds. Do not limit yourself. Think BIG!
In God, we can become anything, with God we can go anywhere, trusting God we can do anything. Do you know who you are? Do you know the level of your potential? Are you walking in your purpose? Do you have a heart of a servant?
Jesus our example:
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Putting others first:
And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called 'Benefactors.' "But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.
Galatians 5:13 - For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Servants of God:
1 Corinthians 4:1
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Ephesians 2:10 - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.