“…but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”” Mark 10:43-45
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Phil. 2:5-8
“Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ,…” Phil. 1:1
“Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God” Romans 1:1
“Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,” Titus 1:1
Ever noticed how many college and post graduate degrees Jesus Christ, Lord, King, and Savior of the world, had? Ever noticed how many degrees his disciples and apostles had? Or even how they were often introduced in the Bible? How many titles came before their name? Even when the word apostle was used, note the word apostle simply is described as messenger. A messenger. That’s all. Seems the most wonderful description of all of His followers in ministry was this. Servant. And how was Jesus Christ Himself described? How did He describe Himself? Servant. And what did He say about servants? Please see the scriptures above. See a common theme? Servanthood. Servants of God almighty. Servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. Forever. Humbling oneself. To the role of servant.
Let this be a lesson for all of us, for those of us in ministry and those of us not. That we should ever humble ourselves, and have the hearts of servants, and act like servants, servants of Christ, for God’s glory. If you’re caught up in resumes, degrees, and titles, in how many words go before your name or how many degrees come after it, please reconsider your priorities. The world may call you by those names and titles, but what matters most? That we turn away from a lifestyle of sin, in repentance, placing our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, believing He died to pay our sin punishment and was raised from the dead, truly devoting our lives to God and His ways, and being HIS BLESSED CHILDREN – and HIS HUMBLE LOVING SERVANTS. Forever!