What are the qualities of a servant?

Jn 4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” A servant serves, of course. A servant is in the employ of a master. The servant does what the master requests. The 4th chapter of James talks about this and it is a common theme throughout the entire Bible.

1 Cor 1:10 “I appeal to you, brothers,by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” Here we see servants share a common purpose with their master. Jesus’ own words confirm this in Jn 5:17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

Ro 13:4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. In the passage Romans 13:1-7 we are given instructions about servanthood, both worldly and Godly. A servant serves and this is a stark warning to be faithful in service. If God gives the sword to our earthly masters to punish us for wrongdoing, how much more so will God punish those who say they are His yet fail to serve Him?

Jn 4:24 “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” A servant of God will worship in spirit and truth.

Rev 2:23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve. This verse makes it startlingly clear that we cannot hide what is in our hearts any more than Adam could. Service not done from our hearts (spirit and truth) is of no value and will be “repaid.” Notice in Rev 2:23 that our “deeds” are repaid based on what is in our hearts. This is intensely sobering.

1 Pe 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Peter offers guidance and hope in light of what we just read. To be a good servant, we must prepare our minds, be self-controlled, and put our hope in Jesus. If we put our hope in anything else, our hearts will follow it to the wrong places.

Jn 12:26. “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My father will honor the one who serves me.” I think people take this to mean where they go Jesus will also be. Such thinking runs against the context of scripture. It clearly says we must follow him. He will be with us when we are where he is because we followed him there. The great part is the promise we won’t be forgotten and we will be “honored” by God for our service – service offered with the right heart.

This post is an excerpt from my book Ask James one.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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One Response to What are the qualities of a servant?

  1. Bee says:

    What a great site! We need to focus more and more on our Redeemer and our Blessed Hope as the days progress! 🙂

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