Servants in Action
In our self-serving culture with its me-first mentality, acting like a servant is not a popular concept. Jesus, however, measured greatness in terms of service, not status. God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you. To be like Jesus is to be a servant. That’s what He called Himself.
Real servants are always available.
If you see a man fall into a ditch, God expects you to help him out, not say, “I don’t have the gift of mercy.” While you may not be gifted for a particular task, your ministry will always be serving others wherever you’re needed at the moment. Much like a soldier, a servant is always standing by for duty. “No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him.” (2 Tim. 2:4 NASB). Real servants do what’s needed, even when it’s inconvenient. Are you available to God anytime? If you will remind yourself at the start of every day that you are God’s servant, interruptions won’t frustrate you as much, because your agenda will be whatever God wants to bring into your life.
Real servants see the needs.
When you see a need, see the moment to meet it. “Whenever we have the opportunity, we have to do what is good for everyone, especially for the family of believers.” (Gal 6:10 GW). Be on the look out for people that God puts right in front of you, opportunities to grow in servanthood. Some miss occasions to serve because they lack sensitivity and spontaneity. Great opportunities to serve never last long. They pass quickly and sometimes never return again. John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”
Begin by looking for small tasks that no one else wants to do. Do these little things as if they were great things, because God is watching for servants in action.
Lord, I want people to see Jesus in me.
Help me to set aside “me” and what I want for the sake of others.
I make myself available to help others.
Help me to see the need and act.
I will not allow the good interruptions to help others pass me by today.
I will be sensitive and spontaneous today to help anyone in need.
In every moment and in every way, I will serve others today.
In Jesus’ Name.
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