Proverbs 31:15She rises while it is yet night and gets spiritual food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.”

Proverbs 31:24-25a AMP: “She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles (or sashes that free one for service). Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure.”

2 Timothy 2:24: “And the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome [fighting and contending]. Instead she must be kindly to everyone and mild-tempered [preserving the bond of peace]. She must be a skilled and suitable teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong.”

Jesus shows the perfect example of a true servant. (Philippians 2:5-10) He shows that being a servant is not weakness but strength. Our attitude is the most vital part of our Christian life because it determines our success or failure and, from it, our actions show our true heart. Like the "joyful woman", we should rise early and rejoice that Jesus is already awake and rejoicing over us, knowing that we can give Him our day with complete trust.

The morning starThe picture of a servant

  • A servant is taken on for her potential, not her success.
  • A servant is totally committed to her master.
  • A servant is wholehearted in everything she does.
  • A servant has no rights.
  • A servant cares about the same things her master cares about.
  • A servant will protect her master to the death.
  • A servant shows her true humility through obedience.
  • A servant learns what her master likes done and does it before she is asked.
  • A servant learns by observation, both of her master and of other servants.
  • A servant wears the uniform of the master's house to bring honour to the master.
  • A servant is very proud of belonging to her master's household.
  • A servant never complains about the other servants but tries to help them.
  • A servant's first priority is her master's happiness.
  • A servant does not worry about her provision.
  • A servant never wants credit for her work.
  • A servant only wants recognition from her own master, not from others.

Jesus the perfect servant

  • He came from heaven to serve His Father. (Philippians 2:7)
  • He came to earth to serve mankind. (Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:43-45)
  • He was a child and served His parents. (Luke 2:51-52)
  • He was a teenager and learned from the pharisees. (Luke 2:43-47)
  • He became a teacher and served His disciples. (Mark 6:8; Mark 8:31; John 13:5,12,14)
  • He served the non-Jewish community. (Mark 7:26; Luke 9:52-56)
  • He served the synagogue leaders. (Mark 5:22)
  • He served the poor. (Matthew 8:3)
  • He served the prostitutes. (Luke 7:36-38)
  • He served the sick. (Mark 8:22; Mark 10:49)
  • He served the mentally ill. (Mark 9:17-27)
  • He served the hungry. (Mark 6:35-44)
  • He served His friends. (Mark 1:30)
  • He served women. (Mark 5:34)
  • He served widows. (Mark 12:41-44)
  • He served His enemies. (Mark 14:18)

Servants today

  • They know who they are in Jesus Christ. (See additional sheet in study 9 “Who Christians are”.)
  • They know there is no greater calling than to serve the living God. (2 Corinthians 5:15)
  • They know they are full of the life and nature of God. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
  • They know that being a servant is more important than boasting of gifts. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
  • They know that their position in Christ's body is chosen by the master not themselves. (Ephesians 2:10)
  • They know that everything they do gives glory to God. (Philippians. 4:13)
  • They know that, in serving people, they are serving God. (Ephesians 6:21-24)
  • They know that they do the will of God wholeheartedly. (John 14:24)
  • They know that all their actions are done in His love. (Ephesians 2:4-5; Galatians 5:13)
  • They know that all their actions are done with joy. (Nehemiah 8:10)

The master

  • They know that, when they are secure in Jesus, they need not pay attention to their own reputation. (Philippians 2:7)
  • They know that true humility is shown through obedience to God's word. (Proverbs 15:33; Acts 20:19)
  • They know that their opinions must reflect their master's opinion. (Matthew 7:24-27)
  • They know that they only speak for their master, not themselves. (John 16:13)
  • They know that they must spend time learning their master's business and intentions. (Matthew 11:28-30)
  • They know those whom their master would welcome, but keep away from those bent on evil. (2 Timothy 3:1-9)
  • They know that they must act with discretion. (Proverbs 5:1-2)
  • They join in their Master's joy in His times of success. (Luke 15:10)

As servants of the living God today, we are so blessed. We do not see greatness as our position in a church, in our job, or in society. We know that our greatness (Mark 10:43-45) lies in doing the ordinary menial tasks that no one else sees. (John 13:12-17) We do our work with the same enthusiasm and zeal as we do the jobs that people do see, because we are doing everything for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) When we have the mind of Christ, we know God’s plan for us and we consider ourselves as servants with Him as our master. Only then will we be totally identified with Him. We must be careful that we don't regard serving in a church as any different from serving in our own homes. We shouldn't fall into the trap of thinking that we are only being "used" when we serve at home, or that serving in church or at work is somehow special or different.

Remember: we serve to please Him and for His glory ONLY.
Our life will be one of meeting the needs of others and lifting up Jesus. This is true prosperity.

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