Serving With Joy

February 2017: A Word From Dr. Stanley

If you’re a believer, you are a servant whether you know it or not. The question is, What kind of servant are you—eager, diligent, and joyful or evasive, reluctant, and irritable?

Servanthood is a lifestyle every Christian should cultivate. However, that is not to say we must spend all our free time volunteering at church or the local soup kitchen. The Lord doesn’t divide our service into secular and religious categories or view one as more valuable than the other. His desire is for whatever we do to be done with a servant’s heart.

To maintain a servant’s heart, remember that Christ is your Lord, which means you aren’t the master; He is.

Our example is Christ, who “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45). As His representatives, we should consider what our actions, attitudes, and words convey to others. God doesn’t usually require great acts of sacrificial service each day; rather, He wants His children to make themselves available to meet needs, offer help, listen to others, and show kindness and hospitality. Imagine how we’d stand out in this self-focused culture if we, like Jesus, treated the needs of others as more important than our own (Phil. 2:3-5).

To maintain a servant’s heart, remember that Christ is your Lord, which means you aren’t the master; He is. When you willingly and joyfully obey Him by serving others instead of yourself, you glorify God, model Christlikeness, and invest in something of eternal value.

I pray that this month’s devotions will encourage you to live as an obedient and joyful servant of God.

 
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45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

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