EIGHT STEPS TO BECOME A SERVANT
July 27, 2005
-2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight
thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready
-3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the
-4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of
glory that fadeth not away.
-5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of
you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth
the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
-6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may
exalt you in due time:
-7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
-8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring
lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
-9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions
are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
"Servant" in our English New Testament usually represents the Greek doulos (bond
slave). Sometimes it means diakonos (deacon or minister); this is strictly
accurate, for doulos and diakonos are synonyms. Both words denote a man who is
not at his own disposal, but is his masterís purchased property. Bought to serve
his masterís needs, to be at his beck and call every moment, the slaveís sole
business is to do as he is told. Christian service therefore means, first and
foremost, living out a slave relationship to oneís Savior (1 Cor 6:19 What? know
ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye
have of God, and ye are not your own? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Godís.).
What work does Christ set his
servants to do? The way that they serve him, he tells them, is by becoming the
slaves of their fellow-servants and being willing to do literally anything,
however costly, irksome, or undignified, in order to help them. This is what
love means, as he himself showed at the Last supper when he played the slaveís
part and washed the disciples feet.
When the New Testament speaks of
ministering to the saints, it means not primarily preaching to them but devoting
time, trouble, and substance to giving them all the practical help possible. The
essence of Christian service is loyalty to the king expressing itself in care
for his servants (Matthew 25: 31-46). Only the Holy Spirit can create in us the
kind of love toward our Savior that will overflow in practical helpfulness
towards his people. Unless the Spirit is training us in love, we are not fit
persons to go to college or a training class to learn the know-how or particular
branches of Christian work. Gifted leaders who are self-centered and loveless
are a blight to the church rather than a blessing
1. a leader works;
2. a leader sees his assignment as responsibility rather than rank or
3. a leader wants strong, capable, self-assured, independent associates;
4. a leader creates human energies and vision;
5. a leader develops follower's trust by his own consistency and integrity
Leader: In order to be a leader a
man must have followers. And to have followers, a man must have their
confidence. Hence the supreme quality of a leader is unquestionably integrity.
Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section
gang, on a football field, in an army, or in an office. If a manís associates
find him guilty of phoniness, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity,
he will fail. His teachings and actions must square with each other. The first
great need, therefore, is integrity and high purpose.
I. CALLED TO BE SHEPHERDS!
A. Not called to CEO's.
1. We must be willing.
Jer 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they
shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the
B. I remember the day God called me. I did not just decide I would become a
preacher. I am afraid that many in the ministry are not called. To them it is a
job. I believe a minister should be called of God! I know I am called and am a
gift to the Church according to Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up
on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
- Eph 4:11 And he gave some,
apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and
- Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
- Eph 4:13 Till we all come in
the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
Isa 56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are
shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for
his gain, from his quarter.
Jer 50:6 My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go
astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from
mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.
C. Tell me; I'll forget. Show me; I may remember. But involve me and I'll
II. EAGER TO SERVE!
A. We must want to serve, God will not force us.
Isa 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 1:20
But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth
of the LORD hath spoken it.
- Luke 9:23 KJV And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me
III. WE MUST BE AN EXAMPLE!
A. If you try to improve one person by being a good example, you're
improving two. If you try to improve someone without being a good example, you
won't improve anybody.
John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to
1 Pet 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for
us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
1 Tim 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the
believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
IV. HUMILITY IS NEEDED!
A. Be humble.
1. Without Him we can do nothing but with Him we can do all things.
- Phil 4:13 KJV I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
2. A pastor once told me when he was counseling me when I first was entering the
preaching ministry was that he was proud that over the many years of his
ministry he was able to be humble. I was a little confused at the time; however,
his life showed that he was in fact very humble.
Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same
is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall
humble himself shall be exalted.
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
V. LEARN TO CAST ALL OUR CARES ON HIM!
- Psa 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall
never suffer the righteous to be moved.
1 Pet 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
VI. HAVE SELF CONTROL!
1 Cor 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one
that beateth the air: 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into
subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself
should be a castaway.
VII. ALWAYS RESISIT THE DEVIL!
1 Pet 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same
afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
- James 4:7 KJV Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he
will flee from you.
VIII. REMAIN FIRM IN THE FAITH!
- Prov 2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall
remain in it.
A. Remember we are called.
Jer 14:9 Why shouldest thou be as a man dismayed, as a mighty man that cannot
save? yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name;
leave us not.
B. God give us the grace to remain firm in the faith.
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you,
and that your joy might be full.
Rom 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong
in faith, giving glory to God;
C. Luther's ten qualifications for the minister:
1. He should be able to teach
plainly and in order.
2. He should have a good head.
3. Good power of language.
4. A good voice.
5. A good memory.
6. He should know when to stop.
7. He should be sure of what he means to say.
8. And be ready to stake body and soul, goods and reputation on its truth.
9. He should study diligently.
10. And suffer him self to be vexed and criticized by everyone.
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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