Servitude is a theme that Jesus spoke about many times throughout His life and ministry here on the earth. He spoke of His own life as a life of service to God the Father.
Having a servants heart does not come naturally to us in this earth form. We are taught from birth that we need to get ahead, that we need to forge our own path and become somebody of recognition!
I have many times in my life found myself grumbling because I had to do the work of someone else who had either not finished the job or neglected to do the job entirely.
I am sure there have been jobs I have finished that others thought should have been done better and opted to do more to make the finished product better. No doubt, they felt as I had about completing someone else unfinished work.
We have all experienced this in some form or fashion I am sure. Jesus had to come and do a servant’s work to complete the job or restoring us back to God because man had made such a mess of it in the beginning, 1 Cor 15:45
Jesus had the highest position in heaven and left it all to come here. When he began His ministry He began it as a servant, not a master. Jesus had a servant’s heart!
He also instructed His disciples into servitude when He told them not to be like the Gentiles who lord it over other people, Matt 20: 25-28
The disciples struggled with this at times even having one of their mothers to ask Jesus if her sons could sit on either side of Him in the Kingdom.
Jesus made it clear that if we are to be great in the kingdom, we must become servants to our fellow man., Mark 9:35
The term servant as we are looking into it here means, “one who voluntarily dedicates himself to the service of another”.
The scripture refers to bond servants, men servants, hired servants, etc.
Joshua was a servant to Moses, Elisha was a servant to Elijah, the disciples were servants of Jesus as we are. All through the ages, men have had servants.
Pharaoh had servants, King David had servants, as well as King Saul, Solomon, etc. The list goes on and on! Some were purchased as slaves while others were paid as servants but they all served their masters.
One thing to remember is that there are many translations in the KJV for a servant that in reality should be translated as slave. For some reason, the translators of the KJV Bible chose to use servant instead of the word slave for the correct translation.
One example of this is when Paul wrote to Philemon and ask him to receive Onesimus, “Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord”? Philemon 1: 16
As you read this passage you can see that Onesimus had formally been a slave to Philemon and Paul was asking Philemon to not receive him as a slave anymore but as a brother in Christ.
So as we read the KJV bible we need to keep this in mind. It does not always mean servant every time it is mentioned. Sometimes it should have been translated slave instead.
(A nice Strong’s Greek-Hebrew Dictionary is really handy when reading the KJV Bible.)
Paul also said he was a Slave of Jesus Christ in Romans 1:1. The KJV translates it servant but the actual translation here is slave. So, we are not only servants but also slaves of Jesus!
You see, we are bought and paid for with a price, a great price, the blood of Jesus and we are no longer our own!
So, our success in the kingdom is really measured by our service to others not our commitment to ourselves.
When we become a servant of Jesus and our fellow man we understand the kingdom principle of this virtue! The world does not understand this as its perspective is to get ahead at all cost.
May we through the obedience to His word become servants of honor! I pray we all will become servants and allow the Holy Spirit to cultivate the soil of our hearts to develop a servant’s heart!
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