A Servant’s Heart Patricia Kennedy
1 Peter 4:10-11 10“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
We can find no greater example of self-sacrifice and humility than Jesus Christ. Jesus left His Father’s side and came to earth as a true servant. He came ready to die for the sins of man. He came to serve not to be served. In Philippians 2:3-4, Paul encourages us to put others above ourselves, looking to their interest and how we might serve them. It is a very humbling thing to do, put others above ourselves.
We live in an atmosphere of “self’ today. It’s all about me! The goal of many is to find satisfaction at all cost. But if we, as believers, want to grow and become mature in our character for Christ, we must progress in our experiences of giving of ourselves in service to and for others. We must focus on others, not ourselves.
Being in service to the Lord is so much more important than serving ourselves. Only through the power of the Holy Spirits are we able to live as servants of Christ and to live our lives by His example.
So many scriptures show us our responsibility to have a servant’s heart. Galatians 5:13 “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Mark 10:44-45 “and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Where do we start?
- Follow the example of Christ, he was the greatest servant of all.
- To be first, we must be last. Humbly put others above ourselves.
- We show our love of God by loving others.
- Think about others before ourselves.
- Whatever gifts have been given by God, use in His service to others.
There are so many ways to serve. All we must do is pray to our Father, ask for His guidance, for His will to be done in our lives and by our service to Him. God has given each of us gifts that can be used in service to others. Just look around our church. People with a servant’s heart serving the Lord throughout all of the aspects of our congregation. People who love the Lord, give their best to HIm, serve His people on a daily basis. Praise God for His infinite love, grace and mercy that allows us to serve Him and have more of Him and less of us in our hearts.