Matthew 20:27-28, “ 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
In our time, to be called a servant/slave is considered by many as insult, sounds like slavery. A servant is a person who serves others, an individual who performs duties about the person or home of a master or personal employer. Servants have always been expected to fulfill their duties and many servants either meet the expectations or fall below. From my experience, I rarely hear of servants going beyond the required duty striving for excellence.
I think that it is hard to desire to become a servant, to stoop low and serve than to be served. I believe this is the reason we need to be praying to the Lord to MAKE US SERVANTS. On our own we would rather wait to be served. To walk with the Lord is to die to self and be willing to be made a servant. Jesus said as recorded in Matthew 20:27-28, “27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” This should be the highest honor to be called a servant (slave) of God, to serve as He served. He led by example and what blesses my heart is what He did shortly before He was betrayed. He knew His disciples would be scattered, one would betray Him, the other would deny Him. He would be left alone to face accusations, yet knowing Himself and His disciples well, He stands and does the unthinkable, John 13:2-5 says, “2 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 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“.
Is it not easy to serve people who are nice to you, who esteem you, who value you, who respond to you etc? Here we see the Master who had been given all things into His hands, deserved to be served and honored turn around, lay aside His royal garment of glory, take a towel and wash the dirtiest, smelly, crooked feet. If we must wash, it would be easy to pick the part of the body that would be easy and cleaner to wash, let’s say hands or hair. What a level of service the Son of God would give. This was going beyond what we would call duty to excellence. He could have served them by performing miracles the way He had done, teach them, lead them. What He did showed the highest service a man can give another man for the glory of God in the sense that as disciples of Christ, we are to follow the Master’s example.
If you go back to the bible, you find that God’s appointed prophets, kings, and judges were not called by their titles, He called them “MY SERVANTS (SLAVES)”, My servant David, My servant Moses, My servant Elijah. Why do we find it hard to be indentified as servants today? We would want everyone to call us by our titles yet God does not call us by our titles, He calls us servants. Look at some of these men God called servants; they laid down their lives for their Master. They worked themselves to death, were poured out like drink offering. They did more than required. They strived for excellence. Men like Paul, James, Simon Peter, Jude and others did not just refer to themselves as servants, they called themselves BOND SERVANTS (SLAVES) dead to self and alive in Christ. A bond servant according to dictionary means a person bound to serve in bondage and without wages. In our time we would rather serve when we know there is something in the end for us. Those who want to be great in God’s kingdom must learn to be bond servants of all.
Do you consider yourself a servant of the Lord or better, a bondservant of the Lord? When was the last time you went out of your way and washed someone’s feet? And by that I mean meeting someone’s need, going out of your way, doing something you would not normally do? To the world they would wonder what’s wrong with you but to you it will be the highest service you can give to your brother to the glory of God. Psalm 116:16, “O LORD, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds” Blessings Ev.