Author: Creflo Dollar
Being a Christian is more than just coming to church. You can wear a Christian t–shirt, but that doesn’t mean you are demonstrating the character and qualities that God desires to see in your life. Being a Christian is about relationship and living a lifestyle of love. It is about laying your life down and becoming a servant. Getting rid of selfishness should be the distinguishing mark of every Believer. It is about learning to take up your cross, as Jesus said, and following Him wholeheartedly. When you let your will die, God’s will is expressed through you.
Servant hood requires a mental shift. It means moving from a self—focused life to a God—focused life. The servant is the person who is willing to be inconvenienced for the sake of furthering the Kingdom of God by helping someone else. Learning to practice a servant hood mentality builds your character and cultivates the love of God in your heart.
Jesus is our Lord and Master, but He was also a master servant when He walked the Earth. Jesus knew the value of servanthood and He demonstrated it to His disciples. Before Jesus was crucified, He showed His love for the disciples by washing their feet. John 13: 3–5, 12–14 describes the scene:
Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded…So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
This demonstration of servanthood was done to show us how we are to treat one another. Jesus had no problem taking on a servant role, even though He was God in the flesh!
God has always served man because His heart is love. His ultimate act of servanthood was sending Jesus to die for our sins (John 3:16). This great act of serving mankind is why we, in turn, should serve Him and others. As His children, we are to model His behavior.
Jesus talked about servanthood in the Gospels. In Matthew 23:11 He says, ” But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.” And Mark 10:44 says, “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” Clearly, being a servant is the path to being elevated.
So what exactly does it mean to die to self? Very simply, it means to put God’s plans, purposes and pursuits above your own. It means to turn away from those thoughts, emotions and temptations that go against God’s Word. When you have a servant’s heart, you will be more concerned with pleasing God than you are with pleasing and gratifying yourself.
Jesus could have chosen His will over the Father’s will when He faced His crucifixion. In fact, the Word says that He was so troubled at what He faced, that He wanted to die in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:33, 34). But at the end of the day, Jesus chose the will of God for His life over His own feelings (v. 36). As a result, we can now enjoy the many benefits of salvation.
Selfishness is the mindset that says, “Me first.” But servanthood says, “You first.” Here are some characteristics of a servant’s heart that we should strive for:
Servants make themselves available to God to serve.
Servants do what is needed, even when it is inconvenient.
Servants see interruptions as opportunities to practice serving others.
Servants pay attention to others’ needs.
No task is beneath a servant.
In which areas of your life do you need to develop more of a servant’s heart? With your spouse, children or on the job? Maybe it is in the area of giving financially or being willing to be inconvenienced when a friend or loved one needs your help. We can all improve when it comes to dying to selfishness and letting the love of God reign in our hearts.
God will never forget what you have done to serve Him and others. By making a quality decision to walk in His love and place His agenda before your own, you will be a genuine demonstration of the character of Jesus.
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