I'm not naturally “servant-hearted.” There are those in the Body of Christ who love to serve and give of themselves. I am married to one such person. The problem is, I am actually quite selfish. Servanthood is not glamorous nor is it usually noticed by others, which is exactly the point. If I am honest, serving others isn't always my first choice.
The word servant is defined as a person in the service of another. It's not complicated. Anyone can do it. There aren't any kitschy formulas. True servanthood should leave us feeling fulfilled and joyful because we are voluntarily giving of ourselves. Ultimately, we are serving Jesus whether we are cleaning toilets or worshiping corporately. Colossians 3:23-24 says it best, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Why are we called to servanthood? Every single person on the planet is made in the image of God. As Christians, our mandate is to reflect (and worship) Jesus in all we do. When we serve others, we are reflecting Jesus who voluntarily gave of Himself. When we serve others, we call out the image of God in them. It can be the single most effective way to preach the gospel!
As we read through the Bible, we see that God gave so much to humankind. He created our amazing universe then gave it to mankind to serve alongside Him in developing the world. All throughout scripture, we see God serving His people. He truly is the ultimate Servant.
Knowing this, I can put aside my selfishness and serve others because I am called to reflect God in all I do.
How might you be challenged to serve others today?