CHRISTIANS: Do You Have A Servant’s Heart?

We are all born with a heart that is self-centered that wants all of our needs met and we want to be the center of attention. We see this in the life of babies. When a person accepts, Christ as their personal Savior, it requires a heart change. This may be the most difficult process that a new Christian may have. How does one surrender their self-centered nature to having a desire to become a servant for Christ? Scripture tells us we are to become Christ-like. Can we take on the nature of a servant and obey the Commandments to love God with all of our all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves? How many Christians have done this? There are no shortcuts to working out our salvation. God does not expect us to work out our Salivation on our own. This is why we have been given the Holy Spirit.

When it comes to salvation, God knows everything. He foreknows who will accept Him and who will reject Him from the very beginning. Scripture is saying that our salvation totally depends on God. We are not saved because we have earned it. We did not convince God to save us. The mystery of salvation was conceived in God’s mind long before we were conceived. It may be hard for us to understand how God could have accepted us. Because of Christ we become holy and blameless as God sees us through the eyes of Christ. He looks at us as if we had never sinned. We must thank Him for His wonderful love to us. If we are truly saved, God expects us to become Christ-like and that requires a servant’s heart.

No one can live a holy life without complete dedication to the life-purpose of knowing Christ. We have previously written that the apostles fled at the crucifixion of Christ and hid out. After Pentecost and receiving of the Holy Spirit they boldly proceeded to preach the gospel. It appears the source of Peter’s power was the resurrection and the confidence that Jesus was still alive. Jesus having conquering the grave gave all the apostles a new confidence that changed them personally. How unlike Christ are we? We have family, friends and neighbors who are unbelievers. How passionate are we when we pray or our lack of witnessing? Where are our strong crying and tears? Would we count no sacrifice too great and do everything we can until they seek salvation? Are we willing to be a servant for Christ?

Philippians 2: 5-8 – “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! “(NIV)

Have you been in churches where Christians have selfish ambitions or vain conceit to humble themselves or to have hearts for others and a willingness to witness for Christ? Some seemed conceited about their own opinions, without reason or basis. They looked down on everyone who disagreed with them. There was an absence of any encouragement, comfort, fellowship in the Spirit, or tenderness and compassion. Many put their needs and desires ahead of Christ and others. Too few are willing to make a total commitment to become a servant. Paul also told the Philippian church, being a servant meant working with others within the body to rid themselves of discord and division. We are to be careful in what we believe and how we live our lives.

True humility is having the proper perspective of ourselves. It does not mean we are to put ourselves down. A humble person is always seeking the good of other people. Christ came as a servant of God with a desire to do those things that He knew would please and give joy to God. Often I pray that God will help me do those things that will please Him. There are times in making decisions; the Holy Spirit will check me. However, seeking the good of others does not necessarily mean we are to give to every person standing on the street with a sign begging for money. If we see a need, I believe the Holy Spirit will inspire us to meet that need. Helping some, only causes their dependency on others. We are not required to be enablers.

Mark 9:35 – “He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”

To be a servant you must allow the Holy Spirit to give you the fruits of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22 – 23 – ” But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

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