Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
What does it mean to "be a servant?" The GOOGLE definition of "servant" reads: "A person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant." Other definitions expand on this with "one who often performs lowly tasks." The use of the term "servant" in the New Testament often referred to a common slave. The Greek word had a technical meaning of "to kick up dust"; i.e. to move in a hurry, to perform a service for another. In Jesus' time, the servants washed the street filth off of their masters' feet when their masters entered the home.
Jesus said that whoever wanted to be first among his followers must be the slave of all. He also said that He himself did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom price paid. (Mk. 10:42-45) He has asked us to do the same. Perhaps, as Christians, we like to think of ourselves as being "servants." And that may go fairly well for a while. Yet, if another starts to take us for granted and begins to TREAT us like slaves, stand guard, because our "righteous indignation" and "injured feelings" can take a front row seat! Let's examine our hearts, study Christian servant-hood and pray for God to continue to complete His mighty work in us.
The staff and board of
Love in the Name of Christ