THE HEART OF A SERVANT
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.”
Matthew 24:45-46 (NKJV)
As a visually impaired person, I have to ask others for help often. Most of the time, it is just simply grabbing onto someone’s elbow. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob, a business manager for a blind gospel singer. He described his ten years as a “servant” (his words) as a spiritual blessing. A blessing? I had never considered this prospective. I thought my needs were more like a hardship to others, especially my husband. No one had ever complained, but I surely did not think anyone considered it a blessing.
I thought about Bob’s words, and I remembered another servant. Jesus Christ is known as” the suffering Servant” in Isaiah 53. He took on the role of a servant as He washed His disciples’ dirty feet. He was setting an example for Christians to follow by serving one another.
Paul wrote, “…through love, serve one another” (Gal. 5:13). Like Christ, our example, we are to serve each other. That involves action as we help one another. Serving is also sacrificial because it takes time away from us in order to help someone else.
Christians are also servants of God. Christ is our Lord, our Master. We must be obedient in our Christian walk. We should also be faithful servants as we serve God through whatever ministry He has called us to do. We long to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:23).
Friend, we can serve others today. We can be a blessing to them. We can obediently serve God, spreading the gospel. God will greatly bless us for our faithfulness. Truly, the heart of a servant beats with blessings.
Thank You for Your example as a servant. Help us to serve one another and to faithfully serve You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Read Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Choose one verse and memorize it.
HIKING THE TRAIL
Find someone to serve, possibly a disabled person, an elderly person or a single mom. How can you serve them this week?
Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.