The world has become obsessed with status. Everyone tends to measure our status by things like talent, the size of our bank account or house, the type of car we drive, our achievements, our job title, etc... However, in God’s kingdom our status means absolutely nothing. He isn't blinded by a shiny Rolex watch nor is He fooled by the smoke and mirrors that worldly fame might produce. The world may say we're a “big deal” and we may even believe it, but to God the only people who are “big deals” in His kingdom are the servants. Jesus, the man with the “name above all names” could easily have walked the earth as a “big deal” but instead made himself nothing by being a servant. (Phil 2:7)
How do know you if you are truly living as a servant? A wise friend of mine once told me that if you want to know if you are seen as a servant, you should take notice of how people treat you. Are you treated like a servant? Do people frequently ask you to help them or do they ask people other than you? A servant makes their life available to help and serve other people, even if it's not convenient for them. Look around your office, home, or church. Who's the first person you'd ask if you needed help? Chances are, you'd ask someone who has been there for you before or someone you have seen serving another person in their time of need. Bottom line: if no one is asking you for help, then you are probably not known for your servanthood.
How do you change this? Get over yourself. Stop putting yourself as top priority. As scripture says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” (Philippians 2:3 NIV).
Living as a servant won't be easy or glamorous and it might not increase your bank account or get you that promotion you've been after at work; but it will do at least one thing: It will give the people around you a chance to experience the beauty of Christ living within you.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isaiah 52:7 NIV)
In His Band,