A servant mindset

Servants of a Servant Saviour serve. We serve God and we serve others. It’s just a part of who we are. It’s a part of our devotion to Jesus.

I know servants who help with children or with technology, with food programs or with prayer marathons, with the homeless or with homework.

But we can get sloppy or lazy when we forget who we’re doing it for, and why we’re doing it in the first place. Pastor Jim George writes: “When you serve, sometimes you can fall into the mind-set that because you’re doing it for free, or because people should be grateful for your sacrifice, it’s okay if you do less than your very best. You may rationalize that it’s okay to cut corners.”*

That’s why we need to remember that our service is for Jesus. As a result, we do our best.

In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul explains how the resurrection is central to the Christian faith. In and through the empty tomb, Jesus has given us victory over death and the hope of personal transformation. As a result, our outlook on life has changed; we are victorious children of God who are made on purpose and for a purpose: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:59).

Servants of a Servant Saviour serve. We serve God and we serve others. It’s just a part of who we are. It’s a part of our devotion to Jesus. “…stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Whatever you do for Jesus, do you best.

By Matthew Ruttan

*Jim George, One-Minute Insights for Men (Eugene: Harvest House Publishers, 2013), 48.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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