“And which of you, having a servant…, will say to him…,
‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? “But will…rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself
and serve me till I have eaten and drunk,
and afterward you will eat and drink?'”

Luke 17:7-8, NKJV

Servanthood is not seasonal. It is a lifetime of lifestyle that values the lesson of losing a self-centered, temporal life to find an others-centered, eternal existence. That is what Jesus meant: “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25 NKJV).

Servanthood requires the mind of Christ. To lay down one’s life for the sake of others requires the security of knowing you belong to God and that your ultimate destiny is in His hands. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5) “He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.” (1 Peter 2:23, NLT)

Humility born of security is the substance of a servant. It does not mind going unrecognized by man because it believes that this is the criterion for recognition by God. It does not question the logic of being last, because it knows this is the behavior of those who are first. It finds joy in the exaltation of others, and contentment in its own lot in life. It will die to self, live for Christ and serve until Jesus comes back. And it does all this, not because it is something special, but because it is the high privilege and call of a servant.

QUESTION: Are you able to serve with thanks? What does this reveal about your heart?