What does it mean to have a servant's heart? What does that look like in our world today? Is it even possible to live our lives with a true servant's heart? We know it's possible, because we know at least one person who is selfless and giving to others with no strings attached. We sometimes wonder if these people are crazy for being so joyful and willing to give to others. They give their time, their money, their possessions and sometimes they give their lives. And they do this with no thought of a reward or pat on the back. It's just part of their character.
Tonight in family devotions, we talked about this subject. Josh McDowell said that having a servant's heart actually begins in our brains. "When Paul says in Romans 12:2 that God wants to change the way we think, he isn’t saying we should have brain surgery....... He wants to change us into people who think more and more like Jesus." When we begin to think like Jesus we give up our own selfish interests. We give up the desire to acquire more and more stuff. Instead we will give more, help more, do more for others. We will purposely choose to give up something for the benefit of someone else with no desire for repayment or recognition. Our thinking will change and our attitude will change.
Our attitude will no longer be whining "that's not fair" or "that's mine". We won't wait for a need to fall in our laps and then give begrudgingly . We will be proactively looking for ways to meet the needs of those around us. Then we will joyfully give whatever is necessary. Acting this way is definitely not the norm in our society. Our society is very self-centered and materialistic. Many of our churches aren't much better.
What would happen if we would open our hands to God and say, "Here's my stuff, Lord. I give you my time, my money, my possessions and my desires. Please show me how to use these things to bring glory to You and Your kingdom. Please show me who has a need that I can meet " In John 12:26 it says, "If anyone serves Christ, the Father will honor him." Matthew 23:11-12 says "The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." In Philippians 2, Paul says "Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had."
"Have the same attitude that Jesus Christ had!" Christ was humble. Christ was selfless. Christ was obedient to God. Christ gave up His rights. Christ gave His life. As disciples and ambassadors of Christ why would we live differently?
We should not ignore the hungry families in our community or the hungry communities around the world. We should not blame the homeless for their situation, instead we should find a way to help. We need to stop looking down our noses at those who have no jobs and stop accusing them of being lazy or incompetent. Don't condemn those who have taken an interest in the needs of others while you just sit behind your computer in your large house in your nice comfy neighborhood.
Having a servant's heart can be messy, dangerous, thankless, exhausting but will receive the ultimate heavenly reward. Let's put on the attiude of Christ and start serving others.
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