Are You A Loyal Servant of The Lord
"And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul."
A servant is a person who is under submission to another. For Christians, this means submission to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Being in submission, a servant seeks to meet the real needs of or carry out the will of the person he is serving. In the Greek New Testament there are two words for servant, "Doulos" and "Diakonos".
Diakonos is where we get the word "Deacon".
Doulos is a term that generally means a servant that is under submission but not in bondage.
Doulos referred to a slave who after serving for a period of time as a slave and given the opportunity to either gain their freedom or choose to remain in service to their master. They were known as bondservants.
Believers are called to be the servants (bondservants) of the Lord. Let us consider four characteristics or qualities of a servant of the Lord.
A servant is one who is:
I. Loyal to the Lord
A. 1 Kings 8:61 "Let your heart therefore be loyal to the LORD our God"
B. An essential element to Christian service is loyalty to the King, the Lord Jesus Christ.
C. Matthew 6:24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
D. Jesus demands that our love and our loyalty for him be greater than any and all other attachment we may have, including our families. Anything that gets between our loyalty to Christ and real obedience to him is nothing more than idolatry. Our loyalty to Christ must take precedence over anything else. Following Christ must be our highest priority.
E. Galatians 1:10 "For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
F. Numbers 14:24 "But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where into he went; and his seed shall possess it."
G. I remember reading a story about a child who went to a Vacation Bible School because he was invited by some of the children in his neighborhood. He went back to the same church for Sunday School classes for 400 Sundays. Each week he was faithfully picked up by a church bus driver. Week after week he attended church, but never made a commitment to Christ. Finally, during his senior year in High School, after being picked up for church over 400 times, he did commit his life to Christ. What if that bus driver had given up on this person at Sunday number 395? What if the bus driver had said, "This kid is going nowhere spiritually, why waste any more time on him?" Thank God for faithful servants who are loyal to Christ and their call to service.
II. Others Oriented
A. Loyal love is self-
C. Philippians 2:3-
D. General William Booth who is the founder of the Salvation Army, considered the principle so important that he once sent a single-
E. All of the spiritual gifts are others oriented and for the blessing of the whole church and not for the individual possessor of the gift. They are from God for the common good of God’s people and the glory of God.
F. God wants us others oriented not self oriented.
A. Virtuous – living right not sinlessly perfect
B. A man wanted to see some perfect apples. He was taken for a walk through the orchard...there were a lot of little green apples on the trees. After returning he said, "You were going to show me some perfect apples?" "Oh, but I did," explained the farmer. "Those little green apples are perfect for there stage of maturity. What you wanted to see was mature apples." We must not confuse perfection and maturity. And we must realize that God wants us to continue to mature and reflect the glory of Christ more each day.
D. To be a servant is to be Christ-
F. A correlation exists between what we believe (our creed or the content of our faith), the process by which we believe (the foundation of our faith), how we live (our actions and habits), and who we are (our character). As believers we are to develop the moral character that will attract others to Christ rather than create a barrier between them and the Gospel
G. Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
H. Just as the bright petals of a flower draw a bee to the sweet nectar inside, so a consistent Christian character will draw others to the Christ who indwells us and enables us to live the Christian life.
IV. Engaged in Service
A. The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service.
B. Romans 12:9-
C. The operative word in service is "serve". Too many Christians have taken Christ’s words in Luke 19:13 Occupy till I come" to mean to take up space rather than to engage in the Lord’s work until he returns.
D. Luke 12:37, 43 Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them... Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing."
E. Colossians 3:22-