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The Nature of a Servant


 Editor    Feb 14 : 14:15
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When we look at Gods Word, we find that there are many words or ideas used repeatedly.

When we look at Gods Word, we find that there are many words or ideas used repeatedly. Repetition is a handy tool. It is used in schools to teach children to read and write, it is also used by advertisers to intice us to buy their product intead of the competitors. Repetition imprints ideas or lessons in our minds so that we will remember them later. God uses repetition to teach us laws and concepts that are close to His heart. As Jer 29:11 says,

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD , "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God wants to prosper, not harm us. This involves teaching many lessons, some of which we do not wish to learn. There are many things that God knows we need to learn, but they will take us out of our comfort zone and into a deeper reliance on Him.

One of these lessons is servanthood. When we look in the Bible we find that "serve" is mentioned over 1161 times. This includes words like serving, servant and served. This repetition would lead us to believe that God considers serving highly and that it is very close to His heart. It is a hard lesson as it teaches us to put our desires, thoughts and feelings behind those of our fellow man, and expect no reward for it. It teaches us that if we meet the needs of those around us then God will meet ours in return. It challenges us to take our relationship with God to place it has never gone before. When we studied the Bible for the first time, someone served us. They took the time out of their schedule to teach us what we didn't know about Jesus. Maybe we were arrogant, maybe we thought we knew it all back then. They patiently sat there, time after time explaining the love of God for us. They did not do this for a paycheck, at least not a worldly one. They served us because we needed it and now it is our turn to pay back, our turn to serve. Freely you have received - freely give. (Matt 10:8)

In Mk 13:34-37, it says...

It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
"Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back--whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' "


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