Author: Creflo Dollar
Do you know what makes you successful in God’s Kingdom? Being a servant. Servant hood must be the distinguishing mark of every Believer. Jesus came to this Earth to serve mankind and demonstrate how to live a supernatural life. Even though He worked great miracles, raised the dead, healed the sick and set the captives free, He had no problem washing the feet of His disciples. He demonstrated what it meant to have the heart of a servant. God wants you to cultivate a servant’s heart as well. When you do, you position yourself for the promotion and increase that only comes from God.
Even though Jesus was God in the flesh, He was a servant. He put His feelings aside to meet the needs of others. He was totally committed to God. Your heavenly Father requires you to serve Him with everything you have; this includes your resources, time and money. Serving God will require a change in attitude, and a shift of focus from you to someone else. It challenges your flesh, but develops character.
A servant is not selfish or self–absorbed. He or she is concerned with serving others and the Kingdom of God, more than they are with serving themselves. A true servant is someone who makes himself available to God, even if it means he is inconvenienced. Servants look for opportunities to help someone else.
One area where people often withhold their servanthood is in their finances and wealth. Whether you realize it or not, God blesses you with prosperity so that you can be a blessing to others. Yes, He does want you to live a prosperous lifestyle and enjoy the things He has given you; however, the ultimate goal of your material prosperity should be to serve God.
When God speaks to you to give something to someone, it shouldn’t even be a question. Can He trust you to give when He tells you to, even if it requires you giving something that is precious to you? Too many times, people are selfish with their “things,” and are misled into thinking their prosperity is just for them. It’s not. It is important to understand that prosperity is directly connected to servanthood. The only way to prosper is to have a servant’s heart. This way, God can always trust that He can put more into your hands because you are not afraid of releasing it back to Him.
A true servant rejoices in his prosperity because he knows that it greatly impacts his ability to serve the Lord. Psalm 35:27 explains it clearly saying, “… Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” When you are a servant of God, He takes pleasure in prospering you. He will increase you so that you can use what He has given you to advance His purposes on Earth.
Your attitude is just as important, if not more important, than your acts of service themselves. Many people think they’re serving God just because they do a good deed every now and then. However, if you are serving with the wrong attitude or motive, you are merely going through the motions. It takes more than just actions to be considered a servant of God. A servant has a great attitude, and serves the Lord with joy (Psalm 2:11, AMP).
A servant’s heart is revealed in the little things he or she does. A servant is true to the Word of God, and serves Him first and foremost by being obedient to His Word. He serves his employer, pastor and others as though he is serving God (Ephesians 6:5 – 8). He understands that the Lord is his rewarder, and expects promotion to come from God.
Greatness in the Kingdom is determined by servanthood. Matthew 23:11 (The New Living Translation) says, “The greatest among you must be a servant.” Jesus, our champion, was a servant (Philippians 2:7). He came to the Earth to serve, not to be served. With Jesus as our great example, we should aspire to develop a servant’s heart. We should always be asking what we can do for others, rather than what others can do for us.
When you walk in love, and purpose to serve others, you demonstrate the character of Jesus. God has empowered us to serve others in the same capacity as Jesus did. Pay attention to others’ needs and make yourself available. Put serving God above your schedule, and allow Him to use you to be a blessing to someone else.
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