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March 15, 2015

Attitude of The Excellent Servant

March 15th, 2015

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Excellent attitude of a servant leaves a strong impression. Jesus wants each and everyone of us to adopt an attitude of servanthood, to humble ourselves and serve others with excellence. 

We are called to serve one another. 

How to serve well?

After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. (John 13:5 NIV)

随后把水倒在盆里,就洗门徒的脚,并用自己所束的手巾擦干。 (约翰福音 13:5 CUNPSS-上帝)

Prior to this event, the disciples were arguing on who is the greatest among all. That question probably always linger in their minds. But see how Jesus responds to that, He humbled Himself to wash the disciples' feet. 

1. To serve well, we have to be free. In freedom we are able to serve with a gladness of heart and unswerving determination. We aren't slaves to our pride. We are freed men, and we are free to serve God well. Not by force, not by obligation, but the love of God propels us to serve one another. 

2. To serve well, we have to be faithful 

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10 NIV)

Be the best and be faithful in what we do. No matter how small the tasks may seem, we mustn't slack off. God knows our capacity and He won't give more than what we can take. When we're being faithful in the little things, God sees and He will increase our territory little by little, according to our capacity. 

No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. (Psalm 75:6-7 NIV)

Promotion comes from God, not men. Maintain a humble heart and leave your feeling of entitlement behind. When we are being faithful and trustworthy, God honors us. Show Him that He can entrust us with His blessings. 

3. To serve well, we have to be fruitful

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 

To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 

The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 

So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 

The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 

“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “ 

‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 25:14-30 NIV)

Faithfulness in church doesnt mean we'll come to church sitting in the same seat for 30 years. No, being faithful means we are being fruitful in what we do. We are blessed to bless others around us. The heart of the Father is for us to multiply and bear good fruits from our work. 

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NIV)

Healthy tree doesnt need to struggle to produce good fruits. So are we healthy Christians. When we are close to God, His power and love will overflow in us and there is nothing to stop us from growing and producing healthy fruits. 

It is just a natural side effect of walking with God. So relax, don't focus merely on the fruits. Focus on reaching out to God and understand His heart more. Grow your roots deeper and connect with God. 

In summary, how are we able to serve well?
1. By realizing that we are free
2. Being faithful and trustworthy
3. Being fruitful, bearing good fruits from what's been entrusted to us

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15 NIV)

Pursue God in our lives and understand the depth of His heart. Learn to see what He sees, feel what He feels, and say what He says. At the end of our earthly journey, we dream of God praising us for our good works and say, "Faithful servant, well done."

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