Servants of the LORD

Abed_nego2

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Matthew 20:26, “Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant”
1 Corinthians 4:1, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ”
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Moses is called “the servant of the LORD,” and “Moses My servant” more than anyone else in the Old Testament. Some of the references are (Exodus 14:31; Numbers 12:7; Deuteronomy 34:5; 1 Chronicles 6:49; 2 Chronicles 1:3; 24:6). Joshua, Moses “servant,” who led Israel into the Promised Land was also called “the servant of the LORD” at the end of his life (Joshua 24:9; Judges 2:8). In the New Testament Paul and other apostles called themselves the “servants of Jesus Christ” and “of God” (Romans 1:1; Judge 1: Revelation 1:1). The term servant is also applied to the relation of men to others occupying high positions, such as Eliezer, who had a position in Abraham’s household. By way of illustration I want you to journey back in time to a scene and picture in your mind the following:

It was the final rehearsal for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. The orchestra had concluded its last piece. The archbishop stood proudly at the altar, and nearby stood the officers of state. All at once a spine-tingling fanfare of trumpets burst forth. This was the signal for the entrance of the Queen. At that precise moment, the massive doors opened and in walked four servant girls pushing carpet sweepers. They had come to do the final cleaning before the ceremony.

No one would have crowned one of those cleaning girls as queen, nor should we give to servants of the Lord the kind of adoration that belongs only to Jesus Christ. Yet, like the Corinthians we also tend to do just that by making heroes of Christian leaders. Many times we exalt our favorite Bible teacher and pastor, forgetting that we’re all bond slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many great Christian statesmen, well-know evangelist, popular gospel recording artists, Christian authors, pastors of large congregations, are all but just servants of the King of Kings and Lord and Lords. My brethren, we must never grant to these individuals hero status, nor should we argue about who’s the best. The bottom line is that no matter what our place may be in the Lord’s kingdom, we are all just servants. So, let’s reserve and exalt our highest praise to Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior and Redeemer.
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Further thoughts:

While writing this devotional, my thoughts went to a portion of Scripture found in the book of Colossians and the words spoken by Jesus in the book of Matthew. As His servants we need to take a closer look into what the Scriptures tell us. As believers in Christ, we are to clothe ourselves with “kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” (Colossians 3:12). We are to demonstrate patience and forgiveness (v. 13), and above all, we must “put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (v. 14). As His servants, we should begin each day by acknowledging Christ as the Person in charge, the One for whom we work and serve? As servants of Christ, we must take time to clothe ourselves with attitudes that are pleasing to Him. As His servants, are we wearing what people are most longing to see, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love?

My brethren, Jesus Christ has set the example for us, for though He was God and worthy of all honor, He “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). In the book of John, we find these words spoken by Jesus, “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you not understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord', and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them" (John 13: 12-17). Thus, “to be great in God’s sight, we must be obedient and serve faithfully as His servants”.
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The godly people we esteem most highly are but only servants of the most high God.
 

Jojo4124

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Humility is lacking in our narcissistic me me me world. Ty for the reminder. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. We are to follow Jesus' example of servant service. Our service is unto God not for man's approval. God uses the weak things of the world to confound those who think they are wise n mighty. This way HE gets the glory, not man. May our motives to serve God n ppl be out of love for our King, for His glory. He sees what is done annonymously even n rewards it. Ppl who serve to please ppl already receive their reward. I want my rewards to come from the King!!!
 

Everlasting Life

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As believers in Christ, we are to clothe ourselves with “kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” (Colossians 3:12). We are to demonstrate patience and forgiveness (v. 13), and above all, we must “put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (v. 14).


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I have sure appreciated servants of the Lord who exhibited these things, leaders and those of the body of Christ. All are precious.

And I have been so blessed by humble servants of the Lord who've faithfully taught the Word of the Lord. I've been blessed because as servants of the most high, they have faithfully followed the instructions of the most high, to my wonderful blessing. I can't say this enough.

While we are all working together as the body of Christ and seek to serve one another in humbleness, I do believe this passage is important, especially during a time where solid teaching of God's Word can be sparse:

Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.

1 Thess 5:12-13

It is good for the church not to be a thorn in the side of a good leader (like Israel to Moses at times) but to respect AND love.

To live in peace with one another so as to in turn be a blessing and joy to a leader (as Paul needed for his own encouragement). :)
 

Abed_nego2

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I also appreciate very much those who are humble servants of the Lord and who have clothed themselves with kindness, humility, meekness, patience, forgiveness. longsuffering and the bond of love that only Christ can give. Have a blessed day in the Lord.
 

seated with Christ

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Moses and Paul remind me of each other, each was called to great authority, each of great humility.

I believe that I read in the works of Josephus that he says, When Moses wasn’t serving in his office that he was like any other tent dweller.
 
Matthew 20:26, “Whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant”
1 Corinthians 4:1, “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ”
__________

Moses is called “the servant of the LORD,” and “Moses My servant” more than anyone else in the Old Testament. Some of the references are (Exodus 14:31; Numbers 12:7; Deuteronomy 34:5; 1 Chronicles 6:49; 2 Chronicles 1:3; 24:6). Joshua, Moses “servant,” who led Israel into the Promised Land was also called “the servant of the LORD” at the end of his life (Joshua 24:9; Judges 2:8). In the New Testament Paul and other apostles called themselves the “servants of Jesus Christ” and “of God” (Romans 1:1; Judge 1: Revelation 1:1). The term servant is also applied to the relation of men to others occupying high positions, such as Eliezer, who had a position in Abraham’s household. By way of illustration I want you to journey back in time to a scene and picture in your mind the following:

It was the final rehearsal for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. The orchestra had concluded its last piece. The archbishop stood proudly at the altar, and nearby stood the officers of state. All at once a spine-tingling fanfare of trumpets burst forth. This was the signal for the entrance of the Queen. At that precise moment, the massive doors opened and in walked four servant girls pushing carpet sweepers. They had come to do the final cleaning before the ceremony.

No one would have crowned one of those cleaning girls as queen, nor should we give to servants of the Lord the kind of adoration that belongs only to Jesus Christ. Yet, like the Corinthians we also tend to do just that by making heroes of Christian leaders. Many times we exalt our favorite Bible teacher and pastor, forgetting that we’re all bond slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many great Christian statesmen, well-know evangelist, popular gospel recording artists, Christian authors, pastors of large congregations, are all but just servants of the King of Kings and Lord and Lords. My brethren, we must never grant to these individuals hero status, nor should we argue about who’s the best. The bottom line is that no matter what our place may be in the Lord’s kingdom, we are all just servants. So, let’s reserve and exalt our highest praise to Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior and Redeemer.
__________

Further thoughts:

While writing this devotional, my thoughts went to a portion of Scripture found in the book of Colossians and the words spoken by Jesus in the book of Matthew. As His servants we need to take a closer look into what the Scriptures tell us. As believers in Christ, we are to clothe ourselves with “kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” (Colossians 3:12). We are to demonstrate patience and forgiveness (v. 13), and above all, we must “put on love, which is the bond of perfection” (v. 14). As His servants, we should begin each day by acknowledging Christ as the Person in charge, the One for whom we work and serve? As servants of Christ, we must take time to clothe ourselves with attitudes that are pleasing to Him. As His servants, are we wearing what people are most longing to see, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love?

My brethren, Jesus Christ has set the example for us, for though He was God and worthy of all honor, He “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). In the book of John, we find these words spoken by Jesus, “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you not understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord', and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them" (John 13: 12-17). Thus, “to be great in God’s sight, we must be obedient and serve faithfully as His servants”.
__________

The godly people we esteem most highly are but only servants of the most high God.
Good comments thanks.
 
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