34. Thinking Like a Servant


Service starts in your mind. God is always more interested in why we do something than in what we do.

Servants think more about others than about themselves.
A lot of our service is often self-serving. We serve to get others to like us, to be admired. Servants focus on others, not themselves. True humility is not thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less. We can measure our servant's heart by how we respond when others treat us like servants.

Servants think like stewards, not owners.
The Bible says, "The one thing required of such servants is that they be faithful to their master.”

Money has the greatest potential to replace God in your life. More people are sidetracked from serving by materialism than by anything else. Jesus said, "No servant can serve two masters.... You cannot serve both God and Money." It is impossible. The Bible is very clear: God uses money to test your faithfulness as a servant. He insists on exclusive allegiance, not part-time faithfulness.

Servants think about their work, not what others are doing.
Servants don't compare, criticize, or compete with other servants or ministries. They're too busy doing the work God has given them. There's no place for jealousy between servants. Real servants just trust God and keep serving. If you serve like Jesus, you can expect to be criticized.

Servants base their identity in Christ.
Because they remember they are loved and accepted by grace, servants don't have to prove their worth. Only secure people can serve. Insecure people are always worrying about how they appear to others. When you base your worth and identity on your relationship to Christ, you are freed from the expectations of others, and that allows you to really serve them best.

Servants think of ministry as an opportunity, not an obligation.
Imagine what could happen if just 10% of all Christians in the world got serious about their role as real servants. Are you willing to be one of those people?


Question to Consider:
Am I usually more concerned about being served or finding ways to serve others?


Verse to Remember:
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ  Jesus.

Philippians 2:5