Dec 6, 2019 17:39
Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
John 13:4 "so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.' In looking at service in humility, we can find 4 dimensions in which service must exist.
It has to do with answering, 'Whose am I?' to tackle the question of authority and audience, and 'Who am I'? to tackle the question of purpose (Why am I here). If the heart is not right, then the service is not acceptable. A quick filter to check the heart through is 1. What is your response to feedback? How do you mentor others? What is your idea of who is leading? These will often reveal your motivation for service.
This has to do with your perspective. Rom 12:3 'For by the grace given me I say to everyone of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.'
To see yourself as higher is pride, and to see yourself as lower is a lack of confidence. Your perspective must be clear as to why, and who you're serving.
This has to do with the servant's behaviour. The zeal for the work of a servant is the work of his hands. His way of going about his assignment, including the mastery of work. Moving up from being a novice - not knowing much, to being an apprentice watching and learning, to being a journeyman and a master, being able to take the work at hand and run with it.
Has to do with seeking to know the Master's heart. It requires one who understands that we are designed for dependency, and as such, must give themselves to solitude (dwelling in the secret place) and searching the word. (Ezra 7:10)