Have you ever met a person who had a Servant Heart? They often don’t even realize it’s not the norm for everyone. They bring meals to new moms, write cards to the sick, give their neighbor a ride and so much else. Today we will see that serving others is a natural overflow of a Christian who is abiding in Christ. Learning to Be Still and Know God more leads to abiding in Him. Abiding in God’s Love fills our hearts so much that the old selfish heart grows into a Servant’s Heart.Learning to Be Still and Know God more leads to abiding in Him. Abiding in God's Love fills our hearts so much that the old selfish heart grows into a Servant's Heart. Click To Tweet
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Learning to Abide in Christ leads to Serving Others.
John 15:1-11 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
Jesus gave us the perfect example of a Servant’s Heart
Jesus loved. He loved with a fierce jealous love. Jesus served others so naturally and gave us specific directions about serving others. We see in the life of Jesus an example that we can never live up to. But we can spend a lifetime trying.
Bible Verses about having a Servant Heart
Matthew 23:11 But the greatest among you shall be your servant.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
There is no spiritual hierarchy in God’s family. The greatest is the least, the master serves. He tells us repeatedly to consider others and put their needs ahead of our own. Those are hard words to live by but they shine God’s light to a lost and dying world.
What does it mean to have a servant heart?
A Servant’s heart is a heart that’s first response is to help, to give, to love. When you abide in God’s love that creates a desire to give selfless love to others.A Servant's heart is a heart that's first response is to help, to give, to love. When you abide in God's love that creates a desire to give selfless love to others. Click To Tweet
We serve others because God has served us and given us that example to follow. Serving others, loving others, being the hands and feet of God progressively becomes who we are as we grow in faith. You become a servant of God when you learn to be still and know God more!
What it means to be a servant of God is more about the heart attitude…
A servant of God:
- Puts the needs of others above the needs of self.
- Lets the preferences of others take priority.
- Loves people as they are giving them the grace to grow in God’s time.
People don’t always accept that kind of love. Maybe you have been burned by loving others before. Will you try again today because it is a Heart attitude that God desires? Can you forgive the hurt done by others?
I can relate to the struggle to live in selfless love. When I tried in the past I got hurt. People took advantage… But God took me through a process to learn to forgive others and find freedom in Him. I’d love to share that with you today.
What does a servant do?
1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
When we admit our sin and invite God into Rule in our lives He gives us the Holy Spirt. There are gifts and talents given to each Christian. When we serve others we use those gifts.
- It might look like walking with the widow next door.
- Maybe you can write encouraging cards to the sick or shut ins at your local nursing home.
- You may serve best by greeting people as they come into your church.
- Still others could serve by cleaning up after the t-ball game.
- You could find someone sitting alone at Church and sit with them.
- Invite someone to your bible study.
- Tip the waitress at lunch instead of leaving a track for her.
- Spend time at the local homeless shelter.
We each have gifts and talents that help equip, encourage and build up the Body of Christ. Are you using them?
I am Selfish, Controlling and Prideful
It is a real struggle for me to put the needs of others first. I think first and foremost of my own needs. Can you relate?
To relinquish my own control of a situation and let someone else have their preference is hard. I feel strongly about the things I prefer. My way is the right way.
That is Pride. Pride is a sin that will turn others away from God.To relinquish my own control of a situation and let someone else have their preference is hard. I feel strongly about the things I prefer. My way is the right way. That is Pride. Pride is a sin that will turn others away from God. Click To Tweet
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Pride is a sin of the flesh. Serving others – selfless love – is the cure for pride. It’s like a medicine I have to force myself to drink every day.
Today I am far less prideful and selfish as I was 10 years ago. Maybe I will have a Servant’s Heart in 10 more years.
Today it is my desire to set pride, selfishness, and control aside and want the things God wants.
Do you Serve God?
John 12:26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
To serve God is to be where God is. God is serving others. God has a Servant’s Heart. If you want to serve God you must serve others. I say it to myself as much as to you. It is so easy for some. Is it easy for you?To serve God is to be where God is. God is serving others. God has a Servant's Heart. If you want to serve God you must serve others. I say it to myself as much as to you. It is so easy for some. Is it easy for you? Click To Tweet
Learning to Be Still leads to learning to Abide in Christ. Abiding in God’s Love inspires Selfless love which leads to Serving Others
This is the pattern God keeps repeating for me.
Joshua 22:5 Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
I love God. It is my desire to Love Him, Follow Him, Serve Him… But the process of growing a Servant Heart in me is slow.
A prayer to Be Still, Abide in Christ and grow a Servant Heart
You have the perfect example. You served everyone, you met their needs. I long to live by your Jesus example and abide in Your but it is not natural. It goes against my basic wiring. I am selfish and prideful and controlling. Forgive me. Help me see the needs of others through Your eyes. Give me Your heart of compassion to love others in Your selfless way.
Show me, one person, I can serve today and give me the boldness to do it. Shine Your light through me to others. Help me put their needs and preferences above my own. Mold me more and more into Your image today Lord.