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Dec17

Living Above the Chaos, Part 4 – “Servant”

The Latest "Living in Hope with the One Leader" Study Series

by Bruce Witt

(Please note: this is Part Four of a Four-Part study on the scripture in Matthew 25:21, 23 – “Well Done,” “Good,” “Faithful,” “Servant.”)

Slave/Servant (Greek – doulos) requires a mature depth of character, in particular humility and security. Know that you are a “prisoner/slave” of Christ first and foremost. It must be modeled as a living example. This term occurs 141 times in the Bible.

Doulos referred to someone who was owned or controlled by someone else, not just a servant hired to do a certain job.

Observations

1. Jesus was referred to as a servant of God and man. He modeled it in life and in death on the cross.
 
Philippians 2:7 says,But emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
 
2. Jesus taught extensively about being a servant and serving others. Often times in light of the disciples’ wanting to know who was the greatest.
 
Mark 9:34-35 says,For on the way they had discussed with one another which of them was the greatest. Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.’”

 3. Paul and Peter taught, modeled, and called their fellow workers bondservants.

Galatians 5:13 says, “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

Implications

 1. Serving in today’s world is at the heart of being a Christian in the real world. It is not about you—it is about valuing others more than yourself. It is at the heart of relationships. This is a paradox in a world that is self-promoting and selfish.

 2. To be a servant, one needs a clear sense of “Calling and Purpose.” With this comes a clear sense of mission and focus.

3. Being a servant will require humility, faith, courage, identity, security, and love.

Applications

Serve at least one person outside of family and your current world. The service can be most anything, yet we suggest it have a timeframe whereby you can serve several times in order to meet needs, build a relationship, and be the light of Christ.

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