Tuesday, October 29, 2013

servant by choice

In every place whether business or church or civic organization the people who make the biggest difference are those who serve others.  Their lives are spent helping others be successful.  That is a picture of what Jesus did as well.  He is the example we want to follow and that will help us go further.

Here is what we know about Jesus and how His being a servant continues to change the world and us:

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. 
When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Humility was the choice Jesus made.  To have that same attitude and make the same choice makes us a humble servant.  Those verses said He was God but chose to serve above all else. 

Because Jesus served He was given the opportunity to be the foundation of all salvation.  If we chose to serve, we will be laying a foundation for others to succeed.  That success might be in relationships or in business, in gathering resources or in health, but most of all success will come in Spiritual ways when we point people to God.

We chose to serve people so we can win the right to share Jesus with those we serve.  It is not for our gain.  It is for others.  It isn’t so we can get anything.  Martyred missionary Jim Elliott put it this way: he is no full who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

But among you it will be different.  Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.

The choice is ours.  Let God get the glory by pointing people His way.  Be a servant by choice.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,

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