Christians Are Servants
Before I became saved I was a servant of no one. When I received Jesus I became His servant. I began serving Him directly and Him personally by studying His Word, praying and seeking to obey Him. Increasingly He has made me a servant of other people as well. When we serve God we serve the people that He wants us to serve. I have been acquainted with numerous unbelievers who were and are servants of no one. I have been acquainted with many believers who walk in the flesh and prefer to be servants of no one. They behave more like unbelievers than Christians. They are not the happiest of Christians.
Unbelievers and carnal Christians serve others only for rewards of some sort but not for the Lord. They serve for the wrong reasons. They serve others so others will serve them. Serving others is totally distasteful to unbelievers. It becomes increasingly joyful for growing Christians. The servanthood of believers is all over the Bible. Elijah, who was a man like us claimed to be a servant of God and wanted Israel to know it. The apostle Paul and his helpers were men like us and yet were servants of God and of others.
James 5:17: Elias (Elijah) was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
1 Kings 18:36: And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
Acts 14:15: And (Paul and his helpers) saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:
Many times the first thing believers wrote to others was that they were servants of God.
Romans 1:1a: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, . . .
Colossians 4:12a: Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, . . .
James 1:1a: James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, . . .
2 Peter 1:1a: Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, . . .
Jesus Himself was a servant of God and of men.
John 6:38: For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
If you have not become a willing servant or God and others, you are either not a Christian or you are a carnal and a useless one. If we are not servants, we are not like the Lord Jesus.