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Are You a Servant?

Mk 10:44-45
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.    KJV

While thinking about the idea of serving, the Lord showed me some things about the difficulty within our society associated with being a servant.

There are three things that hinder our servanthood:

  1. independence
  2. class distinctions
  3. self-sufficiency

We have lived for generations in this country on the notion of our independence. It is now engraved, if you will, in our DNA.

While we may think that independence is a great concept, it has cost us dearly in terms of our walk with God.

  • Independence cut off access to the Garden of Eden.
  • Independence put the children of Israel into Egypt and eventual slavery.
  • Independence caused the 40 year campout in the wilderness for Israel.
  • Independence caused each of us to wander for years without the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
  • Independence is at the root of not experiencing all that the Lord has for us.

Independence is non-dependent. I depend on no one!

Well, that sounds great to the natural man, but to the wise it is a cause for grief.

Pr 3:5
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.   KJV

Independence is absolutely opposed to trusting in the Lord with all of one’s heart.

How does this affect our servanthood?

Independence is so ingrained in our thinking that we cannot imagine “lowering ourselves” to serve another. Oh, we are always ready to ‘help’ when we perceive a need or a weakness; but to just simply serve so as to make another’s life easier is not within our purview.

And that leads to the second reason serving is lacking in our society: class distinctions.

Servant is equated with slave, which is also deeply ingrained in our collective consciousness.

For the believer, however, we have the opportunity to be a bondslave–one who freely chooses to serve rather than be served.

But, being served strikes at my self-sufficiency. “I am capable.”

It is difficult for us to receive manifestations of another’s love when it comes in the form of service.

For instance, I told my wife to let me carry out the garbage. She said, “I’m not a weakling. I’m not handicapped.”

The concept of my wanting to lighten her load struck at her years of being self-sufficient.

Before I learned these things, I, too, had difficulty accepting another’s offer of service. “No, thanks,” I would say while thinking, ‘I can do it myself.’ The person did not offer because I was incapable. They offered because they wanted to be involved with me, to share in the love, to show me some love.

I had a problem receiving that love.

We can change that for ourselves, though.

  • Repent and acknowledge the sin of independence.
  • Ask the Lord to teach you total dependence.
  • Look for ways to serve another in every social engagement: work, play, business, chores, etc.
  • Say, “Why thank you. I would love for you to work with me on this” when someone offers help.
  • Make July 4th your day to celebrate your freedom from being independent.

Let us learn to live in the fulness of the Lord’s blessings by becoming the greatest–a servant of all.

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Seeking Love

Ac 5:3-4
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.     KJV

It is so easy, when we operate from our fallen nature, to try to make things appear a certain way so as to make ourselves look good. Ananias and Sapphira wanted to look good in the eyes of the apostles and the others in the church.

One can only surmise why they did this.

Could it be that they were afraid that the Lord wouldn’t/couldn’t meet their needs if they got rid of everything?

Could it be that they thought “the preacher doesn’t need this much money?”

Whatever the reason, they tried to make it appear different from what it was. They tried to make it look as if they had sacrificed all. But, they didn’t.

Total and complete integrity in everything we do and say is the only way to live life abundantly and without fear.

We may think we are getting over on someone, but the truth is that we have not lied to men, but to God. Whether it is a bald-faced lie, or just not revealing the whole truth, a lie is a lie; and the only one we truly hurt is ourself.

When we live a life that is a lie, everything around us is messed up. People cannot love us for who we are, because they do not know who we are. We have kept that from them with our deceitfulness.

And without love, our world falls apart.

When we do not feel loved for who we are, we continue in a downward spiral of trying to make things look better so that they will love us. Yet it never happens. And so the lies continue.

Be open. Be real. Be who you truly are. Don’t try to look better than you are.

Only then will you experience the love you so desperately seek.