“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving”
In our culture today, being a “servant” is not something that many people strive for. Most folks are not interested in being a servant, but rather being served. The scriptures set the servant standard high for all those who desire to experience the benefits of salvation.
“But be sure to fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24
Biblical servant-leadership is something we need to strive for in all areas of our lives. So today, I want to provide some guidelines for understanding a biblical picture of faithful servanthood within the community of Israel.
Guidelines for Biblical Servanthood
1. The faithful servants of Israel cared about those they served, and constantly sought new and better ways to serve them.
2. Faithful servants developed new skills to better serve.
3. Faithful servants did all they could to build the esteem and prestige of those they served; and this prestige, in turn, brought the servant prestige as well. He took great pride and honor in his role as a bondservant. And he, though perhaps wise in his own right, treated the thoughts and opinions of those he served as being as valuable as his own.
4. Faithful servants performed menial, thankless jobs in order to make room for those they served to exercise their gifts. The servant made allowances for the weaknesses of those he served as if they were his own. And in that way, he actively protected them from shame.
5. A faithful servant didn’t dawdle in seeking forgiveness and reconciliation when his own sin caused any damage or shame to those he served.
Not a bad life, actually. Of course, to us Americans, this scenario may seem a bit strange. You might ask, “Who’d ever surrender his freedoms to enter such a relationship?” But, in fact, you did—when you accepted the Lordship of Christ in your life. You serve Him by serving others.
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)