The Heart of a Servant

In our desire for mature spirituality,  we often become preoccupied with “self.”  Even as believers, we can fall into the trap of thinking our personal growth is independent of our relationships with others.  Jesus showed and taught us otherwise.  The heart of Christianity is knowing and loving God, and out of that resource and relationship, living as servants of others in the power of the Spirit according to the example of Christ. The world sees power as a way to gain control over others. But Jesus, who has all power and authority in heaven and earth, showed us how to serve others.  In that light, being a servant stops us from focusing on ourselves and keeps us aware of the needs of others.

So, we have a suggestion. It may not sound very novel, but we are convinced it works every time: If you want to see His grace at work in shaping your character, your capacities, and your opportunities to do good, then become a Servant for Jesus. Give of yourself. It’s one of those gifts that have great value but no price tag. It can’t be lost nor will it ever be forgotten.   Give an hour of your time to someone who needs you. Give a note of encouragement to someone who is down. Give a hug of affirmation to someone in your family. Give a visit of mercy to someone who is laid aside. Give a meal you prepared to someone who is sick. Give a word of compassion to someone who just lost a mate. Give a deed of kindness to someone who is easily overlooked. Jesus taught: “…to the extent that you did to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).  These are the deeds that are expressions of a servant’s heart, a heart of compassion, produced in us by the Holy Spirit, making us not so focused on ourselves but on others.  

The Servanthood Committee meets the first Monday of every month. We would love to have you join us. It’s the time when we plan and organize and pray for how the Lord would make us all here at Harvest Church servants with His heart.  Please pray with us that God will uplift all our talents so that we, both as individuals and as a congregation, will be called and equipped to serve according to His will and for His glory.