No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 NASB)
I want you to notice today that Jesus puts our relationship with God in terms of servanthood.
Don’t get me wrong here. I totally get that we come into the kingdom as servants, and move to the place where he calls me his friend. Next we step from friendship into sonship, and even into relationship as bride and partner.
But we never leave the place where we came in – servant. In fact friendship, sonship and partnership simply augment our identity as servant.
A simple review of the epistles will demonstrate my point:
- “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ”
- “Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ”
- “James the servant of God”
- “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ”
- “and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John”
- “Jude the servant of Jesus Christ”
Above you see 2 of Jesus’ half brothers, (James and Jude) 2 of His best friends (Peter and John) and 2 men who came to faith after His death and resurrection (Paul and Timothy) all taking “servant” as their identification. How could we think that every Christian is not called to live a full life of servanthood?
You may grow into deeper and seemingly higher “positions” in your relationship, but as a Christian, you will always be a servant of Christ.
This is emphasized again by Paul in Romans 8 (you are probably thinking my Bible only has like 3 chapters by now) where Paul tells us: For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (vs 14)
He is Lord of all – including His Church.
Serve Him today!
Monday we will take this a little further. Don’t miss it.