“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” – Philippians 2: 3-4 NIV
To me, the issue of servanthood is one of those easier said than done kind of issues. It is very easy to speak on it, there are many verses to quote on it but to put it into practice is a different issue altogether. It is human nature that before one gets involved in any type of relationship, we want to find out what it is that we stand to gain from that relationship. No one really wants to be in a relationship where they are always on the giving end and never receive anything in return. This is unfortunately the ideology that most of us take into servanthood and that has really distorted GOD’s idea of servanthood. This ideology often tempts us to set up our own ego as an idol for others to dance around. Unconsciously we put ourselves on a pedestal and ask others to applaud. We praise others so that we will get praise in return. We love others so as to get love in return. The purpose of serving others, as intended by GOD is to set people free to love and to serve GOD, not to make them our servants or to serve our wants or needs in return. Serving GOD and others has absolutely nothing to do with what we stand to gain from it. We are all responsible to serve one another, but never in order to be served or to satisfy our own needs. Love enables us to see beyond ourselves. It takes the attention off us and seeks the good of our neighbours.
We aren’t on earth to build our own kingdom but to faithfully serve GOD as He builds His. This, therefore, means ours is to sacrificially seek the highest joy of those we serve. Whatever our temperament, gifts, capacities, or sphere of influence, we ought to make necessary sacrifices in order to pursue other people’s progress and joy in the faith, which will result in the greater glory of God. To be saved by Christ includes a call to serve beyond oneself. Christ submitting to death on a cross for our sake was not intended to give us a life of personal leisure without regard for the next person. Christ’s kingdom calls us to a life of selflessness. Jesus told his disciples that anyone who would follow Him would have to be willing to set aside their own ideas of satisfaction in order to follow the way of the cross. So we do not serve where we stand a good chance to gain, we do not only serve those whom we most benefit from. Serving GOD and others has absolutely nothing to do with what we stand to gain from it. GOD is calling us back to His very own idea of servanthood, driven by selflessness, love, and humility.
GOD is calling us back to His very own idea of servanthood, driven by selflessness, love, and humility