A TRUE SERVANT OF GOD IS SELFLESS. “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:5-7 NIV). These are some of the greatest and more mysterious verses of the entire Bible and worthy of a message or a book on just these verses BUT today I will just brush by them to make this point on servanthood. Jesus is God and Jesus did not cease to be God when He became man and was born in Bethlehem. But Jesus laid aside for a period of time the outward manifestation of His glory in order to come to earth and die on the cross to provide salvation for mankind.
Think about the selflessness of the actions that Jesus took. The King of Glory appears on earth as lowly man and is born or placed in a manger—a feeding trough for animals. All the glories of heaven were laid aside to become a part of the world and of all places the residing place of animals. If that happened today Jesus would have been a ward of the State. After all Child Protective Services couldn’t let that happen. But for Jesus NO SACRIFICE was too great in order to provide salvation for us. Jesus was willing to take the lowest position that life could offer Him in order to save the human race.
Let me put this into perspective for you. When the Christian Missions Organization I minister with wants to raise a team to go to Haiti and serve the people of Haiti it is very difficult to get a team of people to go there. Why? People are afraid of the security situation. People are afraid of the health situation. People in Haiti don’t speak our language. It’s hot there. It costs money and time to go there. It’s really uncomfortable there. And on and on and on. Most of the time the bottom line for all excuses is—it is all about ME not about the lost people of Haiti. If most people would be honest they would say, “I could go BUT I am too selfish to go.” I am glad Jesus didn’t feel that way about us. Now I will cut you some slack on Haiti (I have been there countless times) but what about serving the people in your neighborhood or in your work place, or in your daily activities. Does your selfishness keep you from serving them?