Too often in altar calls, especially at youth events, Jesus is marketed as someone who loves you, who wants to make your life wonderful…give you your best life now. All you have to do is invite him into your heart and he’ll be your best buddy, your benefactor and protector from all things bad in this life, as long as you ask with the magic words “in Jesus’ name” and have faith he’ll do it. And, oh yeah, in the life to come you get to go to heaven instead of hell (if hell even exists). While we could debate that in some way, some of these things are true (undoubtedly not in the way we think), we can certainly say that this seeker-friendly “gospel” is incomplete—there’s no repentance, admitting you’re a sinner deserving of Hell, hopelessly lost without Him. All focus is on Jesus as Savior, and none is on Jesus as Lord…Master…as in, He bought us with a very steep price, His own blood, so He owns us now. There’s no counting of that cost, where our lives are no longer ours to do whatever we want, and where there is responsibility that comes with that free gift of grace that saved us. So the question today is, “Who owns you?” Whether you admit it or not, everyone on this earth is a slave—you’re either a slave to sin, or you’ve willingly given yourself to the Lord as His servant. So as His servants, what are our responsibilities, and what should true servanthood in the Body of Christ look like? Here to explain it all to us today is teacher and author of the book, Broken Yet Blessed, Kathi McCarty.
Table Talk Notes
Jesus is the perfect role model
Phil 2:5-7 | “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant….”
Attitude: frame of mind
If a Hebrew servant did not accept freedom in the 7th year, his ear was pierced. It indicated love and allegiance to the family.
It’s all about choice
Rom 12:1 | “I urge you…to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship”
Matt 20:26-28 | “…But whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first…shall be your slave just as the Son did not come to be served, but to serve, and gave His life…”
(Hmmmm, I thought we were no longer slaves, but sons? Gal 4:7 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.)
A true Son serves
- Jesus paid a great price for my freedom
- That freedom makes me a son of God
- BUT… The firstborn Son of God chose servanthood
- Are we greater than the firstborn? Is the disciple greater than the master?
Servanthood looks like…
True servants make themselves available to serve.
Is your schedule lord of your life, or is Jesus Lord of your schedule?
Prov 3:5-6 | Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.Jesus may be your Savior, but have you made Him your Lord? Click To Tweet
John 15:5 | I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Lordship is, in part, understanding the eternal perspective and the eternal value of your life on earth. It’s either a joy or a chore… you can choose.
Real servants do what’s needed even when it’s inconvenient and they won’t be “recognized.”
Luke 17:7-10 | “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”
Gotta love that “behind the scenes” stuff!
Real servants see interruption as divine “opportunities” to practice a servant’s heart.
Who do you really work for?
Real servants pay attention to the needs around them.
Do you have the Father’s eyes?
Do you have the Father’s heart?
Are you looking for ways to bless or be blessed?
Real servants understand that no task is beneath them.
Paul, the “great” apostle, gathered wood for a fire after his shipwreck.
“Pastoral practicums” included scrubbing bathrooms and changing diapers in the nursery
Ex 23:25 | “But you shall serve the Lord your God and He will bless your bread and water, and remove sickness from your midst.”
Heb 6:10 | “For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.”