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The Form Of A Servant

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The Form Of A Servant

washftJesus Christ could have entered into our world in whatever form or fashion He chose. What He did choose is puzzlement to our carnal thinking. He came as a servant.

Phil 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Phil 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Phil 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 

Why Would He Come To Earth In That Form?

We are not entirely comfortable with this idea. We have been taught that we are Kings and Priests. We expect others to bow down and recognize our high position. The egos of God-fearing creatures suffer quiet a shock when we read that Godly and esteemed men in the New Testament did not think of themselves as someone of high degree or importance.

 

These Men Plainly Said They Were Servants.

  • James 1:1, James a servant
  • 2 Pet. 1:1, Simon Peter a servant
  • Jude 1, Jude a servant
  • Rev. 1:1, His servant John
  • Psa. 36:0, David the servant of the Lord
  • Job 1:8, My servant Job
  • Deut. 34:5, Moses the servant of the Lord
  • 1 Cor. 9:19, Paul – I made myself a servant

 

The Attitude Of A Servant Is Everything,  Don’t Serve The Master Begrudgingly, Or It Will Show.

Psalm 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness:

 

How Will We Be Remembered As A Servant?

A. In The Bible There Are Faithful Servants

  1. Elisha – Known for pouring water on Elijah’s hands
  2. Naaman’s Maid – Known for being a faithful witness in captivity.
  3. Phebe – Romans 16:1 I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

B. In The Bible There Are Also Unfaithful Servants

  1. Gehazi – The greedy servant
  2. The ‘slothful servant’

The whole idea of being a servant goes against every goal and dream of our flesh. We desire to be served and waited on, not the other way around.

 

There’s A Difference Between Wearing A Bib Or Wearing An Apron.

A baby wears a bib. The wearing of the bib says, serve me, I can’t serve myself. Only mature people wear aprons. An apron signifies that its wearer is ready and competent to serve. God is looking for us to mature into apron wearers, not stay a bib wearer all our life.

What Do We Have On?

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Our Servant-Hood

As servants, we are not allowed to sit on the sidelines and watch. There is ALWAYS work to do, and we must do what He asks.

Being A Servant Is All About:

  • Submission
  • Obedience
  • Service

The Language Of Servant-hood

  1. “Not my will, but thine be done.”
  2. “Yes Lord.”
  3. “I must decrease, so that He might increase.”

As Servants, We Must:

  • Never expect riches
  • Never expect to be bragged on.
  • Never expect earthly rewards
  • Work so that only the Master receives the Glory

 

Bible Servants Who Are Never Mentioned By Name. 

They gave themselves to the master and worked without any recognition or applause.

Building Solomon’s Temple, There Were:

Laborers And Lumberjacks

  • 70,000 that just carried burdens
  • 80,000 that chopped down trees and hauled them to Jerusalem

2 Chronicles 2:18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain…

Potters

They slept in the bushes will doing work for the King. They never got to eat or drink from the vessels they produced. They were servants.

1 Chronicles 4:23 These were the potters, and those that dwelt among plants and hedges: there they dwelt with the king for his work.

Calkers

In the lower deck or hold of the ships worked men who spent their time at sea below deck. Theirs was the worst job at sea. They were the caulkers. Their job was to stop any leak in the ship.

If water began to seep in anywhere, it was the job of the caulker to soak hemp or rope in pitch and wedge it into the crack to stop the leak. Pitch or tar is sticky and discoloring at best.

  • The caulkers didn’t have solvents to clean their hand or clothes.
  • No doubt their hands were constantly stained or sticky.
  • The caulkers didn’t know how to read a sextant and pilot the ship.
  • Their job was to keep the boat afloat while the Captain received all the praise.
  • Yet, if it wasn’t for their faithful labor, they boat might well sink.

Ezekiel 27:9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.

 

The Master Always Has A Problem When His Servant Become…

  • Puffed Up
  • Arrogant
  • Rebellious
  • Un-teachable
  • Un-responsive
  • Unproductive

 

Servants Never Stop

Servants Never Retire

Servants Work Till They Die

Servants Work Where The Master Tells Them

Servants Work When The Master Tells Them

Servants Are Not Their Own

Servants Don’t Wait To Be Told Twice

 

Some Servants Are:

  • Kings
  • Prophets
  • Apostles
  • In Leadership – Moses
  • Pastors
  • Evangelists
  • Saints
  • Old
  • Young
  • No Exemptions From His Service Are Allowed Because Of Our ‘Importance or Position.”

 

Servants Are Expected To Serve Willingly

  • Jesus simply said, “Follow Me.”

 

The Most Wonderful Words A Servant Will Ever Hear.

Mt 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

February 7, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Posted in Sacrifice, Service

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  1. This is fantastic bro. If we all would be servants the blessings of God would be greater for the lost and for the church.

    Larry Gammons

    February 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm

  2. Wonderful post. So true, so touching, so real.

    Shirley Buxton

    February 8, 2013 at 1:10 am

  3. God give me a servant’s heart!
    Thanks for a beautiful post.

    Nila Marxer

    February 8, 2013 at 10:55 am


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