Matthew 8:9 (KJV) “For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.”
” Forget it, I am not going to bring myself that low after I have served faithfully as the Pastor of a megachurch for ten years, is this the reward I will get? No! I’m not going to that small church, I won’t accept this humiliation; God forbid!” This was Ray’s response when he was transferred to pastor a small church in a local community.
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines service as the work performed by one that serves. The one that serves is called a servant and it is from this that the sentence “servant of God” emanated. Effective service is impossible when you do not see yourself as a servant. Usually, the one you are serving may disappoint you, but if you are a servant you will know that you have no right except the right given you by your master.
“So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do” (Luke 17:10 KJV).
At its best, a servant who does not see himself as profitable has no sense of entitlement. His master determines what job he must do, how he must do it, and when he must do such a job. If a servant intends to be a faithful servant, his response must be a simple “yes sir”.
If God is your Master, your response to His instructions must always be a “yes sir” if you intend to serve with a true heart.
Go into today knowing that it is rebellion that makes a servant contest the instructions of his master and the consequences of such disobedience are always grievous.
Prayer: I choose to be an obedient servant who will no longer contest with God’s instructions in Jesus’ name. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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