Heart of a servant

When I just believed and joined the local church community in Ukrainian town, I had formed an impression of a minister of God as somebody almost unreal like an angel. I thought they live differently, speak walk and talk all in a different way from Ordinary People. Then God led me to serve in Sunday school. In two years I became a leader and the challenging journey began.

For all these 12 years of being a Sunday school leader, God is leading me and teaching me what it means to be his servant. The main lesson I have learned through all of these years is to trust the Lord and follow His example. People can behave by their own understandings and motives, but we have an example!

Jesus taught his disciples how to serve people and each other in several ways:

1) By his own example

John 13:14-16

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him

This was an object lesson about how to serve and be humble. Jesus used this situation to teach and to show them his attitude and then explained why he did it.

In actual fact, when you are full of desire to serve God, He puts you in a position when you have to learn how to be humble. And serving people is the best way to achieve it because they hardly ever appreciate what you do.

And it is totally fine, as you are doing it before the Lord first of all.

2) The attitude of the heart

Mark 10:42-45

But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles Lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

He was doing only what he saw his father doing. In other words, he did what the heavenly father wanted. Jesus came to fulfill the will of God. He could have come in all the heavenly glory and everybody would bow down before Him. Instead, He came to die for many. His followers, the best what we can do is to live for Him as He died for us.

II Corinthians 5:15

And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

3) Calling His disciples to live a life serving God

Matthew 16:24-25

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it

Matthew 11:29-30

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Matthew 10:24-25

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!

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