Sunday, March 4, 2012

Scripture: Philippians 2:5-7

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Summary
Our attitudes should be like Christ Jesus.  Sometimes we need to get an attitude check to see if you we in like with Christ Jesus.

Here are a few things you should know if you are going to be like a servant:

  1. We must focus on others, rather than ourselves.
    • We have to realize that today; most of what we do is self-serving. We do things to be admired and to achieve our own goals. Some of what we do is manipulation vs. ministry.
    • No true servant of God will use God for their own purpose. Instead, we should use ourselves for God’s purpose.
    • God is always more interested in our attitude than our achievements. We can measure our servant’s heart, when we see how we react when someone treats us like a servant.  How do we act when we are ordered around? When we feel like we have been taken for granted?  Even if our name is never called, we should never give up (Ephesians 6:8).
  2. Nothing is really beneath us (John 13),
    • Being a servant means serving others more than ourselves.  This means that even if we don’t pick up a duster at home, we should be able to do so on the behalf of the church, on the behalf of others.
  3. Serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2).
    • Our service to Christ should be our job and our joy (James 1:1)
    • Even if no one ever acknowledges our work, we should be happy in knowing our reward will come from God. The important thing is for God to commend us (2 Corinthians 10:18).
    • If we can smile for the Lord what a day of rejoicing that will be. Our smiles and joy will make others want to follow.  People will want to go all of the way instead of part of the way.

We should go out and be humble servants. Being a servant, know that you will receive your reward from God (Ephesians 6:8).