“Lord make me a servant.”
I have often prayed this prayer throughout my Christian walk. There have been many times in my life where I’ve felt so close to God; I was reading His word every day (Eph. 6:17), praying constantly (1 Thess. 5:17), and being a servant to others, focused on trying to be just as Jesus was when He was on Earth (Mat. 20:28). But then there are other times where I feel like I’ve hit a stand-still and I can count the things I’ve done for God that week on one hand. Which then leads me to pray to God to make me a servant once again.
The word servant can have several meanings, but I want to focus on having the attitude of a humble servant just like Jesus had. We learn in Philippians that“[Jesus] though he was in the form of God…made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant…he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death.” (Phil. 2:6) Having the mind-set of a servant is a great start to a successful Christian walk; everything else revolves around your attitude. If you are striving to serve God and in turn serve others for Him, then you are on the right track!
You may be thinking, “Why do I need to serve or be a servant? I try to live a good life and follow the Bible. Isn’t that enough?” Well, we serve because we love God. We serve others because we love them, care about them, and want to help them get to Heaven. But why do we love?” Well, we love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). We love because “whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7).
We must first be a servant of God before we can be a servant to others. How do we serve God? We serve God by keeping His commandments (Eccl. 12:13). We also show our love for God and know that we are in Him (1 John 2:4) when we keep His commandments.
How do we serve others? Jesus said “just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34) Are you getting it yet? Love is the basis for everything in a Christian’s life! When we love others, then we can (and will want to) serve them. One of the most important things to remember when serving others is that you must get to know them. When you know what is going on in their life, then you will be better able to serve them. If they are going through a tough time, you can pray with them and encourage them. If they are happy about something, you can rejoice with them. If they have a need, you can find a way to provide what they need. Christians need each other.
Let’s not forget that we must maintain a balance between service and faith(James 2:14) Faith in God is the foundation. As Christians, we are the example of faith for the world to see. We follow the example of Jesus’ faith He showed while on Earth. As He faced the events that would lead up to His death, He prayed to God, “let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matt. 26:39) Even as He faced horrible torture and death, He had faith that God would raise Him from the dead, just as He had promised. We also should have faith that God will save us, as He has promised.
Have you ever heard the song “Do They See Jesus in Me?” We should be asking ourselves this question daily. If we are striving to live a holy life by following God’s word, following the example of Jesus, and serving others with an attitude of humbleness, then the answer will be yes! Isn’t that what we should hope for as Christians? Let’s all make an effort to be better servants every day!