Servants Of God
There is not a greater title among men. Will I ever deserve it? Am I a servant of God? Are you?
From Moses to Jude many individuals called themselves servants of God and were called that by others.
Jude 1:1: Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
Jude was a half-brother of Jesus. I think I would have bragged about that. But not Jude, he called himself the servant of Jesus Christ. He had not believed in Jesus as God before His death and resurrection even though he knew about the miracles Jesus had wrought. Being the half-brother of Jesus would not have gotten him anything of spiritual value if he had not become a servant of Jesus. Jude knew that his greatest privilege was not being the half-brother of Jesus. His greatest privilege was being the servant of Jesus. He called himself the servant of Jesus Christ, and the brother of James. He made a very significant distinction. He understood the importance of being the servant of Jesus and did not want to trivialize that relationship.
John 7:2-5: Now the Jews* feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in him.
We don*t start out as servants of God either. We start out as servants of sin.
Romans 6:16: Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
A servant yields himself to something. We formerly yielded ourselves to sin and were servants of sin. When we genuinely receive Jesus we are yielding ourselves to Him and becoming His servants.
Jesus was called Master almost a hundred times in the New Testament. Can I honestly call Him Master? Can you? Being a servant of God is utterly impossible for us until and unless God Himself makes a drastic change in us. He changes us from enemies to servants.
Romans 8:7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Colossians 1:21: And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
One of the chief differences between unbelievers and Christians is that Christians are servants of God. That difference is a powerful piece of evidence that Christians are Christians. It is very troubling that so many Christians don*t demonstrate that they are servants of God. Too often I do not demonstrate that I am a servant of God. Many don*t seem to know that they are to be servants of God. It is even more troubling when we serve our flesh and commit sin. Are we willing servants or does He have to drag us along kicking and screaming?