Do We Make God Our Servant?
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.John 15:15
We are servants of our Lord and Savior, and he calls us his friends. We pray for the needs of others and for our own needs, and we continue to serve the Lord each day, following the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is important that we continue to serve the Lord by being a Light in this world and reflecting Christ’s love and wisdom to the world. If we are not serving the Lord under the Spirit’s guidance, but instead by our own wills, do we still expect God to answer our prayers? If we are not serving the Lord and continuing to pray for God’s favor, then we are elevating ourselves to be the master and calling God to be our servant.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24). We are disciples of Christ, and we deny our own wills and follow Christ through the Holy Spirit. This includes attending worship, praying, reading the Word, and reflecting Christ to the world. The more that our lives reflect Christ, the more desirable and rewarding it becomes for us to serve the Lord and to point people to Christ. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him (Psalm 34:8). When our hearts seek to serve the Lord we are free in Christ, and his blessings flood our souls. We become more Christ-like and he provides for our worldly needs.
Now what happens if we are not motivated to minister to the world as the Lord’s servants? The answer is that God may see us as prideful, seeking to become our own gods and breaking the first commandment. You shall have no other gods before me (Exodus 20:2). This is the spiritual battle that we struggle with every day: Who is on the throne, me or God?
When we truly know in our hearts that our security is in Christ, and we depend on him for everything, then we can surrender to his good, pleasing, and perfect will. It’s only when we give God control and live as his servants that we can experience peace and comfort, and have life to the full. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). Satan uses fear to make us self-centered, and tempts us to become our own gods. God’s love in our hearts destroys fear from Satan, and we serve the Lord and live in his love and blessings.
Today seek the Lord in your thoughts, words, and actions. Be aware that you are the servant of our Lord, and you are called to reflect Christ to others. This is your divine calling from God, and he will use your unique talents for his glory. Pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit, and that you will reflect Christ’s love and wisdom.
Let’s Pray: Father, help me to live as your servant and to be free in Christ. Let the Spirit guide my thoughts and words in a way that reflects your love and wisdom. Fill my heart with your peace, comfort, and confidence, and let me stand strong for your glory today. In Jesus name, Amen