Bible Devotions

The Heart of a Servant

on June 29, 2011

The word servant does not strike a popular cord among most of us.  Who wants to be considered a slave, not free to make their own decisions, having to be told what to do and when to do it?   Yet, being a servant is exactly what Jesus came to do.  Matthew 20:28 NKJV  “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  Jesus did not make his own decisions, he was told what to do and when to do it.  Jesus was obedient to His Father’s plan.  We, too, should consider following his example.  


A true servant has a heart of gold.   Someone who looks out for the interests of others, who goes beyond what most would do to help another person is considered a servant.  A servant listens to his master and follows directions well because in the end he knows the master is always right and the master’s choices are always sound.   


Remembering about a trip we took, I came across just such a servant, my husband Steve.  We went to Mammoth mountains for a ski trip, although having a 2 year old with us made it difficult for all of us to ski.  However, my husband graciously, watched our little one while I skied with our older son.  I knew he wanted to ski as bad as I did, yet he put aside his desire to ski and sent me off to do the very thing he really wanted to do.   All weekend long, Steve was willing to give for our sakes.  He was demonstrating what the scripture described as being a servant.  And, I was grateful! 


Although we may have a warped view of what being a servant means, it doesn’t mean you’re a second class citizen.  On the contrary, Jesus taught us that being a servant is how we become great.  Matthew 20:26 NKJVbut whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.”  This verse really came alive as I watched my husband’s servant-hearted attitude during this trip.  


We could all learn to be a servant to others by remembering Jesus’ example in John 13:1-17 NKJV when He choose to wash the disciples’ feet.  He didn’t wait for someone to ask him to do this task.  He noticed it needed to be done and did it.  He treated everyone equally, too.  Even though He knew Judas would betray Him shortly, He still washed his feet.   


Are you servant-hearted?  Or do you want to be served by others?   


Lord, thank you for giving us your Spirit to enable us to follow your example. Lead us on the path to greatness through being servant-hearted like you.  Help us be obedient to your calling. In Jesus’ name Amen.



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2 responses to “The Heart of a Servant

  1. cumby says:

    Sounds like you were blessed by marrying that particular man. I’m sure he would say the same about you. Haven’t been to Mammoth Mt. in many years, it’s gorgeous there.

    As to your question? Yes, I have a servant’s heart but sometimes I want to call the shots. The Lord and I are working out the negotiations on that. I have a sneaking suspicion I have zero leverage on the outcome of this. 😀

  2. Tim says:

    I think the scriptures are quite clear that Jesus did make his own decisions. God’s instructions require decisions in there execution.

    I believe that because it is God’s intent to see us grow, and because He is so much bigger then we can imagine, there is lots of room to negotiate with God. He calls us His children, and states that as His children He wants us to know what He is doing. The idea is that we chose how we are involved with Him. It’s not leverage, it’s intimacy.

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