What does it mean to be a servant of Christ? Many who start out in the faith can, sometimes, get the wrong idea of what servanthood looks like. They see pious Christians, with hands clasped firmly together, wearing long robes, with women wearing long dresses having their hair in a bun, or they may see holy clerical collars, or deacons dressed in three piece suits and they begin to get the idea that this is what a servant of Christ looks like.
I am here to dispel that myth and tell you that servants of Christ come in all shapes and sizes and servanthood is more of a mindset of how you manage yourself and others.
Consider the words of the Apostle Paul, who, arguably could be considered one of the greatest Apostle-servant of Christ Jesus who ever lived. While addressing the church of Philippi, he concluded that Christ Jesus is the ultimate example of a servant in Philippians chapter 2 and verses 3 through 8, he says,
(3)”Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
(4)”Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
(5)”Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
(6)”Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”
(7)”But made Himself of no reputation and took upon Him, the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men:”
(8)”And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”(KJV)
So Christ Jesus Is What Servanthood Looks like.
If we study the life of Christ, we see a servant in action. He healed the sick, raised the dead. Yet, at the same time, He was a friend of sinners. He hung-out with tax collectors and former prostitutes, and the rejected and dejected of the community. He rejected no one that came to Him for help, all to the chagrin of the pious religious leaders of His day.
Jesus was and is God in human form. He could have called down legions of angels when He felt threatened or in trouble. But He didn’t, He did not consider Himself to above anybody as a lot of people in authority did in His day. He looked at Himself as a servant of all. And this is the mindset that we must have if we are to define what servanthood looks like.
How Does A Servant Behave
- A servant of Jesus Christ remembers, ultimately that they work for God and they must depend on Him for their success.
- When a servant succeeds at a task, he doesn’t gloat in himself, he gloats on God, (He might say, “Look At God!”).
- Take praise in strides with an understanding that she is a servant of God.
- When she is placed in charge of a job or a group, she manages with God’s success in mind; knowing it is the redemptive work that Christ did on the cross that allows her to succeed.
- He understands that the redemptive work also allows him to succeed in his relationship with God, and that keeps him saved.
In conclusion, true servanthood is having complete dependence on the Holy Spirit, knowing that our salvation is “…not of works lest any man should boast.”(Ephesians 2:9 KJV)