Servanthood is the ability to help, encourage and be there for others. To serve someone is to meet their need, even when they do not seem to know that they are in need of. Maybe, it is a surprise to them or, maybe, you plan out this active part of Christianity. Either way, to serve is a commandment we have from Christ towards other people.
When I think of serving, the first and most selfish thought is am I serving those I love starting with my wife, then children, then family, then close friends, then staff, then church. But I believe it is more than just that. I believe servanthood encapsulates everything we are and everything we do. Am I living life looking for areas to serve in and people that I may serve? Is my life revolving around myself, or the needs and concerns of others?
Servanthood needs to be apart of everyone’s life. It should be on our radar throughout the day.
Because Jesus first served and showed us how to serve by serving others.
Philippians 2:7-8 ESV but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
So, if He did it then we should do it.
Serving others takes time and time is our most precious commodity. We truly do not have enough time. I guarantee that everyone I talk with on a daily basis, if asked, “Hey, how are you doing?” his or her response would inevitably be “I’m Busy”. We are in need of time. So, when someone asks for time, we get very protective of our time because it is priceless.
Servanthood asks for what is most precious to us: our time. And servanthood is a necessity to our growth as a Christian, our connection to others and our unity within the body of Christ.
If we do not feel the need to serve, then we do have a problem. We need to pray that God gives us His heart so that we can see what He sees within our culture, community and circle of influence.
If we feel the need to serve, then we pray that God would show us where we could utilize our gifts and talents in such a way that would not only stretch us, but also allow us to leverage our time to get things done.
How it is done is, in some way, married to how much time we are willing to submit before God.
The simple answer is NOW. We serve now. We serve everyone and anyone until there is no one left to serve.
I realize these are hard words and I also realize that serving looks very different to each of us. Only you can answer to God if you are striving for servanthood or not. So remember, the next time someone has a need or a want and you feel as though you can serve, then just jump in a serve.
Servanthood is one of the marks of the church united. May we all be ready to serve when the need arises.
God bless you,