Knowing the secret of how to be free to serve others is revealed in the ability to be free of ourselves more than any other freedoms we experience.
Learning how to be free from ourselves and learning how to serve one another goes hand in hand.
You see my friend the ability to achieve either is something that… Well, let’s just say it doesn’t happen overnight.
It’s not even a choice that we make once and it’s done by no means neither.
No, my beloved friend, these are choices that have to be consciously made day by day… moment by moment… and event by event.
If you have had a chance to read any of my articles you may have encountered one where I talk about the 59 one another command found in the Word of God?
If you haven’t you can read about them here… But wait until you finish here first because I don’t want you to miss out on this lesson in freedom.
Let’s Talk about the 59
Let’s talk briefly about the 59 one another commands found in the Bible.
These are commands that not only train us as individuals to be more Christlike. But it shows the world that we are following Christ’s examples when we help or serve one another.
Jesus told us that the world will know that we are his disciples by the love that we have for one another.
So, to me personally the “love one another” command is at the forefront of all of the one another’s…
It’s love that should fuel our every thought, deed or our actions.
So with that said let’s look at some actions and attitudes that we must partake in to be free to serve others.
The Attitude of a Faithful Servant
What should our attitudes be as faithful servants to the Lord? Have you ever really thought about that?
Well, if you have or haven’t I believe it’s time for us both to take a closer look at what God says in his word about our attitudes as his servants as well as how we are serving others.
I’m reminded of a passage of scripture found in the Old Testament. I call it “The Servant and the Aul.” Exodus 21:5-6 see also Deuteronomy 15:12-17
These are the words that stand out to me most in both places… “I love my master…I will not go out from thee.”
I guess you know why that stands out to me… don’t you?
Yep, it’s the love factor. The first attitude that we should have to be free to serve others is the attitude of love.
As I said before love is the fuel that makes everything go. So to speak.
Yet we must always keep in mind that we have to choose to love before we can do it.
But let’s also take a look at what I call a game changer when it comes to servanthood.
The New Testament Servant and Friend
I have to start this out by looking at what the Lord Jesus has to say about our servanthood.
In the gospel of John, we find some very power packed words spoken by our Lord.
“From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord does: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15
Do we see Jesus as a friend?
I know, I know, we have been so inundated with all of the does and don’ts of the Bible that seeing Jesus or God as a friend is foreign to us.
But here is something that we all can meditate on when we are tempted to view God as some type of taskmaster who’s just waiting for us to mess up.
The Blessing of Abraham…
You may recall that Abraham was called the friend of GOD according to James 2:23.
“And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed to him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. “
Now I say that to bring to remembrance that the blessing of Abraham shall come unto us through Christ according to the scriptures. Galatians 3:13-14.
Therefore, if Abraham was blessed to be called the friend of God… Guess what?
We also need to wrap our minds around that truth and start embracing it as our own.
Before we can embrace that thought we need to understand…
The Authority of a Humble Servant
In the world and culture that we live in the words, authority and humility don’t seem to go together.
They didn’t fit well in the days that the Lord Jesus walk on this earth either.
You see our Jewish brothers and sisters in those days were looking for a different type of Messiah.
They were really looking for the Messiah that the Apostle John speaks of in the last book of the Bible.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
They didn’t have quite the understanding of the word of God as we have today.
And for the most part, they still don’t see Jesus as the Messiah… But he is and the world will soon know it to be true.
Jesus humbled himself and so must we…because…
Servants have Authority
I wish to call your attention to some groundbreaking truth that the Holy Spirit gave unto the Apostle Peter.
In 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
I wonder where Peter got that idea from?
I have noticed that the Lord Jesus has not commanded us to do anything that he has not already done as an example.
Jesus also told us that he came not to be served but that he came to serve. Matthew 20:28
He also said if we are to follow him that we must also take up our cross and follow him.
Yet our crosses can’t come anywhere close to the cross that he bore for us to purchase our Salvation.
The cross that Jesus bore for us bought us the right to become sons and daughters of God
Not only that it gave us authority in the Kingdom of God and with that authority, we no longer have to be slaves to sin.
That in itself ought to make you want to out your shouting shoes on and say Hallelujah and Praise God!
But there’s a whole lot more. So, let’s look at…
The Actions of a Diligent Servant
I briefly touched on the 59 one another command earlier in this piece.
So you see in essence the 59 one another- commands that we find throughout the Word of God expresses…
The actions of a diligent servant better than any other thing that I can think of.
In those 59 one another commands we are instructed in hospitality, generosity, loving-kindness, godliness, patience and a host of other good things.
If we did all of those good things and made a habit of doing so… do you think the world would know that we are the children of God?
Of course,e they would…
That it folks… I’m discovering that to do the will of God for each of our lives is spelled out in the word of God in black, red and white.
It’s just high time we start doing it.
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