Servanthood

As we go through our day to day lives in society, certain words have come to have bad meanings.  Words like submission, obedience, truth, and even servant. The word servant is what I want to talk to you about.  You see in our world the word servant has come to mean something that is derogatory.  The reason for that is because when we think of a servant, what do we think of? We think of someone that is down scrubbing floors and waiting on someone hand and foot, someone that, when who ever is in charge, snaps their fingers and the other person has to jump. That’s what we think a servant is.   We have turned servant into something so menial, but that’s because we only focus on the negative aspects of the word.  What would happen if we didn’t look at the bad side of everything?  What would happen if we were to dig deep and look at what God says is important about serving?  God showed us how to serve through Jesus Christ.  

Jesus came to serve not to be served.  Did the story about a little thing called the cross on calvary where He was murdered sound familiar?  God’s word gave many examples of where Jesus served and in turn when He served He was showing us what to do and how to be.  He was and is our example of how to be a servant.  The definition of servant is a person in the service of another.  When Jesus walked with His disciples, He was constantly teaching and living out His example.  Jesus was constantly taking detours to help others.  When Jarius’s daughter was dying and he was heading to help her enroute he stopped, because someone else also needed help it was a woman that had been bleeding for 12 years that no one could help. Doctors tried, everyone tried, this woman was at the end of her rope. She was desperate and then she sees a crowd surrounding Jesus and knows if she could just touch the bottom of His robe she would be ok. She was able to touch it and she was immediately healed. But the part of that story that catches me is that Jesus was heading to a dying girl and He stopped.  From a medical perspective, I know how precious seconds can be and for this young girl, seconds would matter but Jesus stopped to help someone else. 

Why is that so important? Think about this…to this man his whole world was coming down because his daughter was dying.  However, to this woman of desperation, she needed help just as bad.  You see Jesus was willing to help them both.  He didn’t worry about all the other stuff around Him going on, all He cared about was showing love and caring for others.  Jesus served and in doing so showed not only His disciples how to serve but showed us as well.  I want you to turn and look in Acts 10, starting in verse 25. Peter had been ministering for a little while when he came to a place to rest. This place was the house of a tanner…that means he took hides of animals and cured them and made leather from them most times.  During this time of resting, Peter had a dream of a sheet coming down with a huge amount food in it. Food that Peter or any other Jew could not eat. We’re talking pig, lobster and all kinds of different things that were forbidden.  Peter hears the voice of God. He tells Peter to eat but being the good Jew that Peter was, he said nah nah Lord, I’ve never eaten anything unclean and God tells him what I’ve made clean, don’t you call them unclean.  This dream however had a purpose, God was preparing Peter for the next leg of his ministry.  You see some men came looking for Peter and they were from a man named Cornelius. They wanted Peter to come meet their master.  Turn Acts 10:25 with me in the NIV.

25As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”

27While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 28He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. 29So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?

Did you see it in verse 28He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.

We serve a God who loves everyone He may not like what we do but He loves us and He loves us enough that he wants us to become more like Jesus and to leave our worldliness behind. Peter was willing to go meet Cornelius,  because God showed him that no one is too far off for God to reach them.  

I’m sure you’re thinking, what are you getting at today Adam? You’ve been all over the place.  The point of all this is simple, being a servant is not a bad thing. Helping people is not a bad thing.  When we set our minds on Christ and do what He has asked us to do, and what He has taught us to do, we would be so willing to serve whether it is scraping up trash or up in the highest office of multi billion dollar corporation you are willing to serve at any time.  A true servant is described as this, someone willing to help at the drop of the hat, someone that is always ready to listen no matter what time it is, someone that always puts others needs above his own.  That’s what Jesus did and what He calls us to do.  So are you ready to serve or are you serving as Jesus served? 

I would love to hear your thoughts!