Are You A Servant
James 1:1: James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
James was the half-brother of Jesus. If he had been a proud man, I believe that would have been the first thing he would have said about himself. That would have been the most important thing about himself to himself. But the first thing James said about himself was that he was a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Mark 10:45: For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
The reason Jesus, God the Son and the Son of God came to earth was not to be served but to serve and to give His life for us. There could be no greater service for us than that.
Romans 8:29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
1 John 3:2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Here and now there is much that we cannot see about Jesus but we CAN see that He is a servant and so should be like Him in that regard. When I received Jesus I knew that would include ministry of His choice. One of the first words in the Bible for which I wanted the definition was that word minister. I learned that it means a servant. I didn*t like that but I have grown to love it.
Hebrews 7:25: Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Jesus ever liveth to make intercession for believers, to pray for them. What greater service could there be than that?
Luke 4:8: And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
In order of importance we will serve Him only. But He has no need of our service. But we are living in a world full of individuals who are needy. It is perfectly logical that we will serve God Himself and that in serving Him who has no need of our service we will serve the needy individuals He puts into our lives.
Hebrews 12:28: Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Serving God acceptably will be serving Himself AND will include serving others. Unbelievers naturally want others (and God) to serve them. They will only serve others if it will result in others serving them. Carnal Christians are like that too. They want to be rewarded by men but we should desire to be rewarded by God Himself. No one can reward us like God can and does.
Luke 6:35: But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
We don*t even know what great rewards are but God does. If we are being rewarded by God we do not need to be rewarded by anyone else.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Like James, serving God and the Lord Jesus Christ acceptably to Him should be our first desire AND serving others acceptably to Him should be our second desire.