Friday, November 18, 2016

How Not To Be A Servant

How Not To Be A Servant by Keith Cook

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." Philippians 2:3

In our modern world of self-promotion and self-centered actions it is hard to find many servants. If you asked most children what they want to be when they grow up they probably would not say a servant. But if you examine their list of job choices you would see a desire to do service type jobs such as a doctor, teacher, policeman, fireman, soldier, president, and missionary. All these jobs relate to serving others. If children are prone to want to serve, then why is it so hard to actually grow up and serve your fellow man. The answer might just lie in the fact that most servants do not make very much money or it cost too much money to get in a position of service.

A more down to earth application of servanthood can actually be applied to each of our lives no matter what our occupation. But before we can be a servant to others we have to get over some real hurdles in our emotional life that hinder our servanthood. Several of these are:

1. Pride - Pride keeps us from serving God and others.

2. Credit - Wanting credit neutralizes our effectiveness in serving others.

3. Comparison - Looking at others' and how they serve or work slows and limits our own service.

4. Covet - Wanting to do others tasks hurts the service we are called to do.

5. Neglect - Serving others too slow causes undue pain and suffering.

6. Avoidance - Not doing God's will produces godless results.

7. Casual - "Sloppy agape" or not putting forth your best effort is not pleasing to God and actually hurts the image of Christ in our society.

Daily prayer focus: Pray that you will rise to the level of a servant each day this week. Serve others and thus serve Christ.

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