The Kingdom life is a serving life
“It’s not the gifted or talented people who SERVE God best,
it’s the committed, consecrated ones.”
By: Pastor George Lehman
A servant life is not optional.
If you don’t spontaneously begin to develop into a servant who serves, there’s something wrong with your relationship with Jesus. We were saved to serve.
Service is nothing but love in work clothes.
1 Kings 19:19-21 (Amp) - So Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat, whose plowing was being done with twelve yoke of oxen, and he drove the twelfth. Elijah crossed over to him and cast his mantle upon him. He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, Let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you. And he [testing Elisha] said, Go on back. What have I done to you? [Settle it for yourself.] So Elisha went back from him. Then he took a yoke of oxen, slew them, boiled their flesh with the oxen's yoke [as fuel], and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, followed Elijah, and served him.
2 Kings 3:11 (Amp) - But Jehoshaphat said, is there no prophet of the Lord here by whom we may inquire of the Lord? One of the kings of Israel’s servants answered, Elisha, son of Shaphat, who served Elijah, is here.
Servant is defined as:
- Person willing to serve
- Employed to attend the needs of others.
- Carry out a duty.
- Devoted follower.
A servant is a “Sermon that walks”.
Are you self-serving or a servant person? All of us are self-serving to a degree because we came into the world with self-serving hearts.
The natural un-spiritual man wants to be served.
Think of a baby – it doesn’t come home from hospital and say “Can I help around the house?”
Our new life in Christ, the journey is to move from a self-serving heart to a serving heart.
A mature Christian is when you realize that life is about what you give rather than what you get.
It’s when our Heart, Head, Hands and Habits* are aligned, that extraordinary levels of Loyalty, Trust and Effective Productivity will result.
*habits = before something can become a HABIT it must first be practiced as a discipline.
As you arise daily, you’re a servant waiting for a place to happen.
There are many who want to serve God BUT only in an advisory position.
Philippians 2:1-5 (Message) - If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care-- then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.
Philippians 2:7a (Amp) - But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave),
5 requirement for a Kingdom servant:
#1 A surrender of FREEDOM.
Luke 17:10 (Ampl) - Even so on your part, when you have done everything that was assigned and commanded you, say, We are unworthy servants [possessing no merit, for we have not gone beyond our obligation]; we have [merely] done what was our duty to do.
Binding yourself to doing more than just what is your duty or task.
Philemon :21 (Amp) – I write to you [perfectly] confident of your obedient compliance, since I know that you will do even more than I ask.
#2 A surrender of TIME.
Luke 17:7-8 (Amp) - Will any man of you who has a servant plowing or tending sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, Come at once and take your place at the table? Will he not instead tell him, Get my supper ready and gird yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; then afterward you yourself shall eat and drink?
Serving others will take up your time when you could be self-serving (involved in your own interests).
#3 A surrender of AUTHORITY.
The centurion speaking to Jesus:
Luke 7:8 (Amp) - For I also am a man (daily) subject to authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, “Go”, and he goes; and to another, “Come” and he comes; and to my bond servant, “Do this” and he does it.
If you wish to know what a man is, place him in Authority.
Giving up your right to serve.
#4 A surrender of E.G.O.
E = Edging
G = God
O = Out
A servant is:
John 13:4-5 (LB) – So He got up from the supper table, took off His robe, wrapped a towel around His loins, poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet and wipe them with the towel he had around Him.
John 13:14-16 (LB) - And since I, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each others feet. I have given you an example to follow, Do as I have done to you. How true it is that a servant is not greater than his master, nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends him.
If you’re not willing to serve, you are placing yourself above Jesus.
Here are some real hard questions to ask yourself:
- Are you thinking more about yourself, your comforts, interests, convenience, likes or dislikes more than you should?
- Who is your primary audience in life? Your God, yourself or others?
Nowhere in the Bible did Jesus promote Himself, for Himself.
Sadly so many Christians can only operate when they are acknowledged, praised, thanked, recognised, given a position. Otherwise they feel as if they aren’t important.
A real servant of Jesus Christ doesn’t get his importance from others. They do it for Christ.
#5 A surrender of RESOURCES.
It’s not only about money. What God has gifted you with; your talents, personality, your ability is what He wants to use for the extension of His Kingdom.
Matthew 25:16-18 (Amp) - He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he gained five talents more. And likewise he who had received the two talents--he also gained two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.A servant freely surrenders their freedom, time, authority, EGO and resources to truly be effective in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said if anyone wants to be great, let him be a servant.
Matthew 25:27 (LB) - And if you want to be right at the top, you must serve like a slave.
Humble servants don’t think less of themselves, they just think of themselves less.
The character of a servant is that he’s:
- Diligent (ywerig)
What about you? How did you fair on these surrendered servant items?
All of us want to hear these words from God…
Matthew 25:23 (Amp) - His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.
We will be judged upon how we served. What we hear God say to us depends upon how we do with the servant test.