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Jesus as a servant

Jesus had many roles in his life: Saviour, Redeemer, Light of Life, Bread of Life, Good Shepherd, the Son of God and Son of Man, to name but a few.

Another was the role of servant.

Centuries before, Isaiah prophesied that “God's servant” would appear as a servant. Jesus also confirmed this again and again through his words and deeds.

Most of us would rather be the person who tells the servant what is to be done. But here, too, Jesus turns wisdom on its head.

He says (Matthew 20:25-28), “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life as ransom for many.”

God raises us at the right time

That may not be what we want to hear. But it is God’s way so that we will become great in his kingdom. Jesus allowed himself to be humiliated voluntarily.

And that is why God has raised him and given him a name that is more meaningful than any other name.

Do you see the connection? The humility of Jesus, his obedience as a servant and his being raised up above all others.

If we read about the lives and the deeds of the apostles, we see that they too were servants.

Paul said in James 4.10: “Jas 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

God will raise us at the right time. His judgment is so much better than ours.

Living honestly and serving

In the Bible it says that if we work for someone we should do it as if it were directly for the Lord.

Often the most unimportant task is given to a new servant to see whether he is trustworthy.

For even in the task of cleaning the church kitchen or putting the song books in order, we can prove our honesty and our trustworthiness.

This principle sounds like healthy human understanding. But knowledge alone is not enough.

We must be honest and stick with it even if it costs lots of time, money or effort. Particularly in the most arduous of conditions, we can show whether we are honest or not.

What now?

The following brochure will take you further in the subject: “Servanthood”.

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