There is much emphasis in Scripture given to being servants of the Lord. The concept of servant-hood is too often aligned with that which is demeaning or of low estate.  Nothing could be further from the truth, and in the spiritual life it is a most worthy trait.  The phrase a “servant of Jesus Christ” occurs repeatedly.   This was a favorite expression of the apostles as they recognized the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ over their lives.  Paul referred to himself as a … “bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God” (Rom 1:1).  A half brother of Jesus opened his epistle with these words … “James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1).   Another sibling of wrote … “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James”… (Jude 1:1).   Peter was no exception, for we read in his second epistle … “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ” … (2 Pet 1:1).  These men were servants not just because of their spiritual gift of apostleship.  They were servants because they were in Christ and He is Head over the Church.  However, there is a prerequisite for being a servant.  An individual must first have accepted Christ as one’s personal Savior.  This is accomplished through simple faith in the finished work of Christ on the Cross … “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).   After salvation, the challenge is to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord so that we can become an effective and honorable servant whose mental attitude is one of humility bathed in spiritual love.  We can be very busy, very involved with activity, but it can be that which promotes self instead of true service for our Lord. The Apostle Paul addressed the importance of spiritual love in our service for Christ so that we can maintain a spirit of humility and grace.  In his letter to the Corinthians, a city in which Christians were not demonstrating the love of God, he admonished them to have a change of attitude.  He gave them fifteen profound descriptions of spiritual love which should characterize the service of all believers (1 Cor 13).  He reminded them that spiritual love places the Lord Jesus Christ at the center of one’s life and not self.  Only then is love longsuffering and kind, as is our Heavenly Father toward us.  He is forbearing, demonstrating grace and mercy.  Spiritual love is without envy, thinking of others more than self and is free from pride. Such love does not make an issue of self nor seeks the applause of others but is manifested as unto the Lord.  It is not rude and abrupt toward others.  It does not flaunt the freedom that we have in Christ if that would cause a weaker brother to stumble.  In the believer’s life, this love is produced only by God the Holy Spirit.  It is a spiritual love that is marked with gentleness, self-control and reserve.  When there is the temptation or occasion to doubt, to speak against, or to thinking badly toward another individual, spiritual love refuses to descend to that which is unbecoming of a believer whose walk is with the Lord. Therefore, when others are rejoicing, or weeping, a Christian can demonstrate spiritual love in sharing what another person is experiencing.  Such a servant of the Lord does not wish evil or wrong on anyone, remembering that God knows all the facts and He is the only fair Judge.  Consequently we leave matters in His hands and focus our thinking on … “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, (and there is) let your mind dwell on these thing” (Phil 4:8).  

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