1 Corinthians 4:1, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ”
Moses is called “the servant of the LORD,” and “Moses My servant” more than anyone else in the Old Testament. Some of the references are (Exodus 14:31; Numbers 12:7; Deuteronomy 34:5; 1 Chronicles 6:49; 2 Chronicles 1:3; 24:6). Joshua, Moses “servant,” who led Israel into the Promised Land was also called “the servant of the LORD” at the end of his life (Joshua 24:9; Judges 2:8). In the New Testament Paul and other apostles called themselves the “servants of Jesus Christ” and “of God” (Romans 1:1; Judge 1: Revelation 1:1). The term servant is also applied to the relation of men to others occupying high positions, such as Eliezer, who had a position in Abraham’s household. By way of illustration I want you to journey back in time to a scene and picture in your mind the following:
It was the final rehearsal for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. The orchestra had concluded its last piece. The archbishop stood proudly at the altar, and nearby stood the officers of state. All at once a spine-tingling fanfare of trumpets burst forth. This was the signal for the entrance of the Queen. At that precise moment, the massive doors opened and in walked four servant girls pushing carpet sweepers. They had come to do the final cleaning before the ceremony.
No one would have crowned one of those cleaning girls as queen, nor should we give to servants of the Lord the kind of adoration that belongs only to Jesus Christ. Yet, like the Corinthians we also tend to do just that by making heroes of Christian leaders. Many times we exalt our favorite Bible teacher and pastor, forgetting that we’re all bond slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many great Christian statesmen, well-know evangelist, popular gospel recording artists, Christian authors, pastors of large congregations, are all but just servants of the King of Kings and Lord and Lords. My brethren, we must never grant to these individuals hero status, nor should we argue about who’s the best. The bottom line is that no matter what our place may be in the Lord’s kingdom, we are all just servants. So, let’s reserve and exalt our highest praise to Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior and Redeemer.
While writing this blog, my thoughts went to a portion of Scripture found in the book of Colossians and the words spoken by Jesus in the book of Matthew. As His servants we need to take a closer look into what the Scriptures tell us. As believers in Christ, we are to clothe ourselves with “kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” (Colossians 3:12). We are to demonstrate patience and forgiveness (v. 13), and above all, we must “put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (v. 14). As His servants, we should begin each day by acknowledging Christ as the Person in charge, the One for whom we work and serve? As servants of Christ, we must take time to clothe ourselves with attitudes that are pleasing to Him. As His servants, are we wearing what people are most longing to see, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love?
My brethren, Jesus Christ has set the example for us, for though He was God and worthy of all honor, He “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). In the book of John, we find these words spoken by Jesus, “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you not understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13: 12-17). Thus, my brethren, “to be great in God’s sight, we must serve faithfully as His servants”.
The godly people we esteem most highly are but only servants of the most high God.