Like much of life, service starts in the mind.
To be a servant requires a mental shift. God is always more interested in why we do something that what we’re actually doing. Attitudes count more than achievements.
Here are five attitudes of a true servant:
- Think more about others than about ourselves. True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. Be mindful that we don’t turn our service into manipulation. We manipulate when we “serve” to get others to like us, to be impressed with us or to get our own way eventually. We serve to fulfil God’s purpose.
- When we think like stewards, not owners. Remember, God owns it all. In the Bible, a steward is someone entrusted to manage an estate. How are you handling the resources God has entrusted you? Money has the greatest potential to replace God in your life. We can’t serve both God and money. God will use money to test our faithfulness as servants.
- Servants think about their work and not what others are doing. There’s no comparing, criticising, or competing with other servants in the Kingdom of God. Trust God and keep serving.
- Identity based in Christ. Servants know they are loved and accepted by grace, servants don’t need to prove their worth. Know who you are and be willing to contribute wherever we are needed. Only secure people can serve.
- Servants think of ministry as an opportunity and privilege, not an obligation. Enjoy helping people. Being grateful for God’s grace positions us to serve with gladness.
Imagine the impact in the world if Christians truly took on the heart to serve. Are you willing to be one of those people?
“The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve.”Albert Schweitzer
Remember – To be a servant, think like a servant.
Key Bible verse – “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:5-9 NIV
Pray – Lord, remind me of your grace and love. I want to be secure in you to serve others with gladness.