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Marks of a True Servant

July 20, 2011 1 comment

The Lord did not allowed me sleep last night, but put His words on my heart which I humbly pass on to you.  “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. ” (John 12:26).

As I examine my own experience and the lives of many Christians who come into my path, I see that most of us have not understood the teaching of Jesus in this verse.  Many have a desire to “serve” the Lord.  Many proclaim they are ‘serving the Lord’.  But a careful examination of our lives reveals that most have not understood the requirement of “serving the Lord”.  “If anyone serves me, he must follow me.”

We cannot serve the Lord unless with a single eye we follow Jesus.  This means that we cannot follow Jesus and a popular preacher, a particular teaching by men, or a preferred method of ministry that pleases man (2 Tim. 4:3-4).  Jesus alone must be followed if He is going to be served.  This verse clearly shows that to follow Jesus, we must be with Him where He is, not expect Him to be with us in what we want to do in ministry.  “Following Him” may require a change in my ministry focus.

A “true servant” has no agenda of his own.  A “true servant” only seeks to know what his Master’s will is and be in His presence, working side by side with his Master.  I am severely tested by this!  How much of our prayers focus on asking the Lord to join us in our agenda rather than longing and seeking with all our energy to be with the Lord where He is, doing what He is doing, working His work?  See John 5:19-20.  Let’s go over those words again.  “Where I am, there will my servant be also.”  In other words, there is a difference between ‘claiming to be a servant of the Lord’ and being with the Lord where He is which qualifies me for being a servant.  The proof that I am the Lord’s servant is not in numbers, the conferences I attend, the people I know, or the size of a church or ministry.  The proof that I am a servant is how close I am to the Lord!

My dear brother or sister, please examine your heart to see how closely you are following the Lord.  During times of testing we tend to follow at a distance as Peter did in Luke 22:54.  What a difference in Acts 2 when Peter was filled with the Spirit!  He spoke and worked where God was working through the Spirit and the result was fruitful increase in the Church.  The greatest increase and fruitfulness will come through intimacy with the Lord in everything I do.  See John 15:1-16.

Next time I will speak about the changes that take place the closer I am with the Lord.  Until then or until He comes, may our hearts be restless until we are so close that we hear the Master’s heart-beat.  In this we will find the applause of the Father, not men!