Leviticus 25:55, “For the children of Israel are servants to Me; they are My servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God”
Difficult people to lead are those who come to a place with their own agenda. We come for us, we come to receive and if we don’t get it as expected, frustrations may rise. Some have been so much affected that they left because they were not satisfied by what they received. Do we ever stop and say, “What is required of me as a form of service?” in other words, I have always come to receive, but now it is time to give. No one teaches what service and giving is all about like Jesus, John 13:4, “(Jesus) rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded”. The King of kings laid aside His Kingship garments (robe) and guarded Himself with a towel to serve those who called Him their Teacher and Master. It’s easy to wash someone’s hair, they do it many times and mostly at a fee, but washing someone’s feet? I mean going down on your knees to wash dusty, unattractive smelly feet? You have to be humbled to do that. A number would do it for money, Jesus was doing it out of love. I’ve seen programs like “fear factor” on TV of how low people would go for money. They risk their lives, doing weird things just to get money.
We love titles like son, daughter, royal priesthood, because it makes us feel important but to be called a servant sounds like an insult. Degrading position in human eyes yet we are called servants by God. Look at how God calls these men Genesis 26:24, “…I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”, Numbers 12:7, “Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house”. Numbers 14:24, “But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully”, 2 Samuel 7:5, “Go and tell My servant David“. What is so common about these men, they were great leaders yet they humbled themselves as servants and they served faithfully. God does not call them great, big, mighty names, He calls them MY SERVANTS. They served people primarily for the Lord. What did Jesus say to the disciples who were disputing as to who is the greatest in the kingdom, Mark 9:35, “And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” It’s not about titles, it’s about service. It’s about seeing what God has equipped you with and rolling your sleeves to do it faithfully without complaining. Many pastor’s today want to lead like CEO’s rather than lead as a shepherd; a servant God has called them to be. And many want to be in the receiving end without serving.
God says in Leviticus 25:55, “For the children of Israel are servants to Me…”, called to fulfill tasks granted by God. Called to work and fight under the guidance and supervision of the Lord. When they were told about a land flowing with milk and honey, maybe they thought they would just walk in and take it not knowing that there was work involved, (stooping down as a servants and working hard to get to that destination). See the flesh does not like the idea of stooping low and serving. This is the reason why I never pray, “LET ME BE A SERVANT”, I pray “MAKE ME (mold me) A SERVANT”. What will the rest of the people think about us if we call ourselves servants? We shouldn’t care about titles and positions, I would rather have the titles and positions define the office we are serving in and not what we are. All we should care about is serving in any capacity because He has made us servants. On that day I will not be introduced as thy good and faithful preacher, intercessor etc, I will be introduced as Matthew 25:2 puts it, “…, “Well done, good and faithful servant“. Are you a servant at your job, in church, in your community? I’m not talking about titles, titles come and go, I am talking about service for His glory. Let’s continue to make this our prayer, “Lord MAKE ME a servant humble and meek”. Blessings Evans