Living as the Lord’s Servant
Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exaltedMatthew 23:12
Being the Lord’s servant is the greatest position in the world; we receive his blessings, his guidance, and he sets us free. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1) What does take for us to truly be the Lord’s servant and reap the freedom with a peace and joy? It takes a faith that is pleasing to the Lord and a heart filled with his love.
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. (1 John 2:3) When we start serving the Lord bringing Christ to others, our life identifies with the life of Jesus. Love causes our heart to change and ministering to others becomes a labor of love. We now serve the Lord with a motivation to bring the good news of Christ to lost souls. Over time serving the Lord reflecting Christ to others with our actions and words, becomes a priority in our life. Obtaining this motivation is a process that takes time and commitment.
Serving the Lord brings us closer to the Lord. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5) Serving the Lord makes us dependent on the Lord meaning we spend more time in prayer, studying his Word, and fellowshipping with our Christian brothers and sisters. It is prayer, the Word, and fellowship that equips us to go out into the world and minister to lost souls.
The closer we are drawn to the Lord the more faith we will have. Servants of the Lord realize that the Lord is the master and we are the servant. We obey the master by following the Spirit, and we report to the Lord through prayer. Every day we pray what the Spirit puts on our heart and every day we seek to serve the Lord. We trust the master to answer the prayers his way and in his time because he is God and we are as his servant.
If we can see ourselves as ambassadors for Christ it will help us to adapt the attitude of being the servant and the Lord the master. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20) We become pleased to be the servant and thankful that the Lord is the master.
When our hearts know we are true servants of the Lord, we are free in Christ. We cannot change the world but we minister to the world as directed by the Holy Spirit, and through prayer the Lord can do what we cannot. Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26) We are free because our responsibility is to serve the Lord and we do not see ourselves as the master but we worship and trust the true master, our Lord and Savior. We are now living with a heart filled with his love and in the faith that pleases God, and experiencing true freedom in Christ.
Today see yourself as the Lord’s servant by following the Holy Spirit and pray throughout the day as you serve the Lord. Know that being a true ambassador for Christ you will reap true freedom that only comes from Christ.
Prayer: Lord, continue to change my heart to become more of your servant everyday and to put all my faith in you. Help me to be free in Christ and no longer in bondage to the world or to Satan’s fear. In Jesus name, Amen