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Servant’s Heart (Series II – Christ Likeness)

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SERVANT’S HEART

What is a heart? A heart is not only a hollow muscular organ that pumps the blood through the circulatory system by rhythmic contraction and dilation or the central or innermost part of something but it is also where the love is. And there is a right heart and a wrong heart. Again,our goal here is to be like Christ, Christ likeness.

“Heart” (Hebrew lebab/leb [b’bel], Gk. kardia [kardiva]) occurs over one thousand times in the Bible, making it the most common anthropological term in the Scripture. It denotes a person’s center for both physical and emotional-intellectual-moral activities; sometimes it is used figuratively for any inaccessible thing.

If you want to be like Jesus, you have to be a servant with a good heart. He said, “I came to serve, not to be served.” (Mat 20:28).

Having the heart of a servant is an important component in our spiritual walk with the Lord. God shaped each one of us for service. Without possessing a servant’s heart, we may be tempted to misuse our abilities and God-given gifts for personal gain.

Jesus taught us the most important example of possessing a servant’s heart when He called His disciples together and said: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be a servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:25-28).

Rick Warren, in his best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life, pointed out: “Thousand of books have been written on leadership, but few on servanthood. Everyone wants to lead; no one wants to be a servant. We would rather be generals than privates. Even Christians want to be ‘servant-leaders’, not just plain servants. But to be like Jesus is to be a servant. That’s what he called himself…. It is possible to serve in church for a lifetime without ever being a servant. You must have a servant’s heart”.

Characteristics of a servant’s heart

  1. Make themselves available to serve – In 2 Timothy 3-4, Paul writes to Timothy and reveals the following:  “Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Jesus.  No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs – he wants to please his commanding officer.”  These instructions are applicable to us today, to avoid filling up our time with other pursuits that could limit our availability to serve God.  Soldiers are ready and willing to jump into service when called upon, and servants make themselves available to their Master.  If you only serve when it is convenient for you, you lack the heart of a true servant.  Real servants do whatever is needed when the call arises, even when it is inconvenient.  Remember that your time belongs to God, and you can only serve one master.  It is fine to make plans, but always be prepared for God to rearrange your plans and orchestrate them at His will.   Servants view interruptions not as an inconvenience, but as divine appointments for ministry.  They are always cheerful for the opportunity to serve. Being a servant means giving up the right to control your schedule and allowing God to interrupt whenever he needs to.
  2. Pay attention to needs – Real servants are always on the lookout for ways to assist others and sensitive to others’ cries.  When they see a need, they seize the moment to meet that need, just as the Bible commands us:  “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).  When God puts someone in need right in front of us, He is giving us the opportunity to grow in servanthood.  Opportunities come and go and we need to seize each opportunity that comes our way, enabling us to glorify God.  The heart of a servant of God is sensitive and spontaneous, and does not allow any opportunity to pass by without a response to the need. Great opportunities to serve never last long. They pass quickly, sometimes never to return again. You may only get one chance to serve that person, so take advantage of the moment.
  3. Do the best for what they have – Servants do not make excuses, procrastinate, or wait for improved circumstances to serve God’s Kingdom.  They jump right in, whatever the need.  Ecclesiastes 11:4 instructs us:  “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”  In other words, if we wait for perfect conditions, we will be missing opportunities to serve God and His Kingdom.  God expects His children to do whatever is necessary, wherever the need, using all our resources we possess.  Less than perfect service is always better than the best intention, without action.  You may feel that you do not have much to offer, but give whatever you are able of your time, talents, and treasures.  Remember that when God’s call is there, His hand is there also, and He equips His humble servants. You may have heard it said, ‘If it can’t be done with excellence, don’t do it.’ Well, Jesus never said that! The truth is, almost everything we do is done poorly when we first start doing it-that’s how we learn.
  4. Do the task with equal dedication –  Colossians 3:23 instructs us, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”  The size of the task is irrelevant, as long as the need is being met and you accomplish it with a full heart.  None of God’s children are above assisting with menial tasks.  God will never exempt us from the mundane, as it is a vital part of our character building.  We are called to remain humble at all times, without title or accolades.  It is in these small services that we grow in likeness of Christ.  Our Lord Jesus Christ specialized in menial tasks that others attempted to avoid:  washing feet, helping children, preparing breakfast, and serving lepers.  No task was too great or too small for our Lord.  Nothing was ever beneath Jesus because He came to serve.Jesus, Himself, demonstrated the heart of a servant and He expects us to follow His example (John 13:15).  No task is beneath us, if we possess a servant’s heart.Jesus specialized in menial tasks that everyone else tried to avoid: washing feet, helping children, fixing breakfast, and serving lepers. Nothing was beneath him, because he came to serve. It wasn’t in spite of his greatness that he did these things, but because of it, and he expects us to follow his example. Small tasks often show a big heart.
  5. Faithfull to their ministry – Faithful servants never retire. They serve faithfully as long as they’re alive. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God.
  6. Maintain a low profile –  Real servants do not promote, boast, or call attention to themselves. Whatever we do to serve the Lord, regardless how small or great, we perform each task in quiet, as all glory goes unto the Lord. Real servants “put on the apron of humility to serve one another” (1 Peter 5:5). If recognized for their service, they humbly accept it, but do not allow the recognition to distract them from their work.  Jesus rebuked the attitude of the Pharisees, and warned us in Matthew 6:1, “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Real servants do not serve for the approval, recognition, or applause of others. They live for an audience of One. Paul said: “If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Messiah” (Galatians 1:10). True servants are content with quietly serving in the shadows.
    If you are presently serving in obscurity in some small way, perhaps feeling unknown and unappreciated, always remember that God knows you! You are where you are for His purpose, to bring honor and glory unto Him. God has every hair on your head numbered, and He knows who you are and what you do for His Kingdom. Our reward for possessing a servant’s heart is in eternity. Imagine God Almighty saying to you, as in Matthew 25:23, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Daniel, Timothy, and Paul, among others, were all called “faithful” servants of God. If you pass the test, you are most assuredly in good company!
    As a servant of God, we are instructed to stand firm; allowing nothing to move us; always giving ourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because we know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose hope” (Galatians 6:9). Paul instructs us to “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver, And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).
  7. Real Servants Think of Ministry as an Privilage, Not an Obligation – They enjoy helping people, meeting needs, and doing ministry. They “serve the Lord with gladness.” Why do we serve with gladness? Because we love the Lord, were grateful for his grace, we know serving is the highest use of life, and God has promised a reward. Jesus promised, The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me. And Paul added, He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians.

Application:

Reach out to others this week and demonstrate God’s grace through your servitude to others. Then do it all for His praise, not for the praise of others.

I wish each of you a very great weekend, joyously serving the Lord! God bless us all!!

To God be the Glory!

Christ Likeness

Christ likeness

When I’m on my way home and listening to my favorite song ” (Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) ” , I was thinking of our Lord Jesus Christ and how to be like Him.

I closed my eyes and suddenly I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. Then, I started typing letters in my cellphone.

What is being like Christ? How He live His life when He was here on earth? How to become like Him? What would your life be like if you became like Jesus? Would it be better or worse?

Below are the series of studies of our blog in a title “Christ Likeness”. To receive the latest post or any updates, simply follow our site or like our page  https://www.facebook.com/momentswiththelord

Grow Up Series #1 Christ Likeness

Grow Up Series #1
Christ Likeness

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Grow up

Grow up

Welcome to the Series # 1 of Christ Likeness – Grow up

In this series we will about to study on how to grow spiritually

How to grow spiritually?

Growing up is part of life. Babies are really cute. The way the babies talk, act, smile, so adorable. But when the baby never grows up, I don’t think you will still find his/her cute.

I heard about the book of Dr. Dan Kiley in the title “The Peter pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up”. The ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’ affects people who do not want or feel unable to grow up, people with the body of an adult but the mind of a child.

All living creatures need to grow. We need to grow up, physically, mentally, emotionally. We, as a christian, we have to grow spiritually in order for us to be like Jesus Christ.

Rom 8:29

“From the very beginning God decided that those who came to Him – and He knew who would – should become like His Son…” Rom. 8:29 (LB) “God wants us to grow up … like Christ in everything.” Eph. 4:15

God also made us to grow spiritually. To be like His Son. Jesus Christ is not only our Lord and Savior, He is also our model.

3rd PURPOSE IN LIFE IS TO BECOME LIKE CHRIST

We have to learn to think, act, speak, love, and serve the way Jesus did.

HOW DO I GROW SPIRITUALLY?

1. by worshipping – “As the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we becomemore and more like Him and reflect His glory even more.” 2 Cor. 3:18 (NLT)

2. by fellowshipping – “We are joined together in Christ’s Body and we grow as we get our nourishment and strength from God.” Col. 2:19 NLT

3. by growing spiritually – (God has gifted teachers) “…so that we will be matureand full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.” Eph. 4:13 (NLT)

4. by serving – Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus, who, though He was God… made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant…” Phil. 2:5

5. by sharing – Jesus:”I have come to seek and save those who are lost.”

THREE UNEXPECTED TOOLS

“In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Rom. 8:28 (NIV)  

1. GOD USES TROUBLES TO TEACH US TO TRUST HIM

“…troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope.” Rom. 5:3-4 (NCV)

“They came to a garden called Gethsemane and Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I pray.’ … Distress and anguish came over Him, and He said, ‘The sorrow in My heart is so great that it almost crushes Me.’ Mark 14:32-34 (TEV)

“Father, everything is possible for You. Please take this cup of suffering away from Me. Yet I want Your will, not Mine!” Mark 14:36 (NLT)

WRITTEN RECORD

“At the Lord’s direction, Moses kept a written record of their progress.” Num. 33:2 (NLT)

REMEMBER THE REWARD

“Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Cor. 4:17 (NIV)

2. GOD USES TEMPTATION TO TEACH US TO GROW

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.”  “‘Get out of here, Satan’ Jesus told him ‘The Scriptures say, Worship only the Lord God. Obey only Him.’” Matt. 4:10 (LB) Keep focused on GOD “Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right.” Phil. 4:8a (LB) Get a “You’re better off to have a friend than to be all alone… If you fall, your friend can help you up.” Eccl. 4:9-10 (CEV)

3. GOD USES TRESPASSES  TO TEACH US TO FORGIVE

“People passing by shook their heads and hurled insults at Jesus … and the elders made fun of Him… Even the bandits who had been crucified with Him insulted him in the same way.” Matt. 27:39-44 (TEV) Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive these people, because they don’t know what they are doing.’” Luke 23:34 (NLT)   Remember God has forgiven me “Forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.” Eph. 4:32 (CEV) Remember God is in control.

“You meant to hurt me, but God turned your evil into good to save the lives of many people, which is being done.” Gen. 50:20 (NCV)

“We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with Him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with Him.” Rom. 8:17 (Mes)

References:

Wikepedia

Purpose Driven of Life

Series II- Christ Likeness

Action Speak Louder Than Words

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Action Speak Louder Than Words

“ By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

We’ve all heard the statement, “Actions speak louder than words.” Love is a great example. When do you feel the most loved? When someone says “I love you” over and over? Or when someone shows you love by treating you kindly or helping you? The words “I love you” are certainly sweet to hear, but without action they are meaningless.

We all want to love and to be loved—that’s just how God made us.

In today’s verse, Jesus tells his followers how they will be recognizable—by loving each other. By showing love to others, we exemplify God’s love for us. God’s very character is love, and one of the reasons he sent his son was to show us how to love.

Serving others unselfishly, sharing our lives and our resources, helping others, sacrificing for those around us, encouraging each other—these are all ways we can show the love Jesus taught and lived. Then our actions will truly speak louder than our words.

Questions to ponder:

What makes you feel loved?
How do you show love to those around you?
Can you make a more concerted effort to be loving to others?

Application:

Think of one person who needs to see and feel love from you. Take a step in showing that person your love through an unexpected act of kindness.