As you know, the heart’s desire of every true saint is to be just like Jesus. You want to walk in righteousness just like Jesus, and you want to live a holy life, just like Him. There is also one other thing every true believer should aspire for – to have servant’s heart, just as Jesus did when He was here on earth.
The Lord Jesus made this amazing statement to His disciples, to help them see what was in His heart:
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among how, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave – just as the Son of Man Did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28 NKJV.
As you can see, Jesus wanted His disciples to see what was in His heart. He wanted them to have a servant’s heart, just like His.
Walking in holiness is a growing process. A new child of God will not walk in the same level of holiness as a more mature believer. This is also true when it comes to developing a servant’s heart. The mark of a babe in Christ is that he will consume more than he produces. In contrast, a mature believer will produce more than he consumes.
What you see in the Word of God often runs parallel with what you see in the natural world. When a baby is born, you will feed that baby every day, expecting nothing from him in return. However, as a child grows, you will expect him to do more and more for himself. Eventually, your child will grow up and start to produce more than he consumes. In fact, as an adult he will go out and work so that he can feed his family.
The same is true in the spiritual realm. Those who are babes in Christ, only want to be fed. That is to be expected. However, as they grow in the Lord, they are expected to begin to feed others, by encouraging them, and offering to help them in any way they can. This is why these same believers will eventually find their place in the Church and seek to serve the Body of Christ in some way.
When we were saved, God did not call us to use our new-found liberty in Christ just to serve ourselves. He wanted us to learn to serve one another in love. He wanted us to develop a servant’s heart. The Apostle Paul expressed this way, when he wrote:
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use your liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians5:13 NKJV.
As you can see, God doesn’t want us to use our liberty just to serve the desires of our flesh, but to look for opportunities to serve others in love. He wants us to produce more than we consume. This a mark of a mature saint!
When Jesus explained to His disciples the kind of servant He wanted them to be, He was actually teaching them about humility. As you know by now, you cannot walk in holiness without humility.
It is a common thing to see a young aspiring believer want to have a position of authority and distinction in the Church, especially if they have achieved that in the world before they were saved. The disciples of Jesus were no different. However, what Jesus wanted them to develop, wasn’t the desire to rule over others, but to serve others instead. He wanted then to walk in humility, and develop the heart of a servant.
If you have understood this truth, then you already see yourself as a servant of all. As a result, you do not seek to be served by others, instead you look for every opportunity to strengthen and support all of those who are around you. In the same way, you don’t look for ways to be in a position over people, but to support and strengthen the leadership of others, including those who are in leadership over you. True leaders know how to strengthen and support other leaders, even those above them. This is the mark of a true leader, and this the mark of a mature saint.
This is also how to have a servant’s heart.
You are holy, dear saint!
This is day twenty-seven of a 31 day series on The Life Of A Saint.