Do you have a Servant’s Heart?
This past week, we wrapped up our Walk This Way series talking about what a servant’s heart really is and what it looks like. In the Bible, greatness is defined by being a servant. Not by serving reluctantly or out of duty, but having a real heart to serve.
It may sound strange, but the fact is, you can “work” at church and in ministry your whole life and never truly be a servant. That’s because truly being a servant is a heart issue. It’s all about Christ-like characteristics. And, your attitude toward service reveals the depth of your spiritual maturity. So, if the above statements have you wondering Am I A Real Servant?, here are six characteristics that will help you determine the answer:
1. Real Servants Make Themselves Available
2 Timothy 2:4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.
In other words, a soldier is always ready. They don’t get themselves so pre-occupied with every day life that they aren’t prepared for their real job: being a soldier! They want to jump when called upon. The same is true of a servant of Christ. They keep open opportunities to serve. How many times have you yourself said orheard someone else say that they are too busy to help or serve?
If you only serve when it’s convenient for you, then you are not a real servant. Real servants dowhat’s needed, even when it’s not convenient!
Here’s a good test for yourself and your schedule and willingness. Can God mess up your plans without youbecoming resentful? Remind yourself every day that you are God’s servant, that God’s agenda is your agenda and interruptions won’t frustrate you as much!
2. Real Servants Pay Attention To Needs
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
Don’t find yourself “waiting for the feeling to pass” when you see a need or opportunity to serve. Be ready. Be sensitive. Opportunities don’t last long!
3. Real Servants Do The Best With What They Have
Ecclesiastes 11:4 Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If theywatch every cloud, they never harvest.
Don’t make excuses, procrastinate, or wait for better circumstances. Real servants just do what needs to be done! God just wants you to do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are! God doesn’t expect perfection, most people start off doing everything poorly!
4. Real Servants Do Every Task With Equal Dedication
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work with all your heart, as working for the Lord. Not for men.
The size of the task is irrelevant. The only issue is, does it need to be done? As hard as it is to swallow, the reality is, you will never arrive at a state in life where you are too important to help with the small things.
Galatians 6:3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
5. Real Servants Are Faithful In Their Ministry
Servants finish their tasks, fulfill their responsibilities, keep their promises and complete their commitments. They don’t leave a job half done or quit when they get discouraged. They are trustworthy and dependable. Many of us will find that we only really enjoy 20% of what we are doing in ministry, but that doesn’t mean we stop! We need to continue the task, or the calling, and be faithful!
6. Real Servants Are OK With Remaining Low Profile
Their service is not so people will beimpressed with how spiritual they are.
Remember: Self-Promotion and Servant-hood don’t mix. Real Servants are content with serving in the shadows.
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1 Corinthians 15:58 Stand firm and let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the Lord, because you know that your labor is not in vain!