Isaiah 22:20: In that day I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,
To be a servant of God means to be on the same wavelength with him. There cannot be effective service when we are not in alignment with God. God’s service is not about our idea but his. It is not about our smartness but his wisdom, his inspiration. We are not a kingdom of rogues, we are in sync with one master. The bible says the Lord gave the word, great was the company of those who proclaimed it (Psalm 68:11).
Christ is building his church (Matthew 16:18), and we are all his servants (at his service) in that process, as we contribute our parts. Paul said that he planted and Apollos watered but God gave the increase (1Corinthians 3:6), and both (Paul and Apollos) were appointed to their roles. There is division of labour in the kingdom, and we take our cue from Jesus, the chief corner stone (Ephesians 2:20), from which the structure of the building is derived. Our understanding of our roles is derived from him.
Paul said: our sufficiency is of God who has made us able ministers, not of the letter but the Spirit, the little kills but the Spirit gives life (2Corinthians 3:5).
So as servants we are communicators of the life of God, we impact others with his life. We are separated for that purpose.
We read that we should let our words be seasoned with salt ministering grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29). Grace is a form in which life is expressed. It comes from God as life, when it touches us it becomes grace, causing changes in us in divine abilities.
When Jesus touched people with the healing power, what comes from him is life, but what it translates to is healing, healing for the people reached by it. The only thing Jesus had to offer is life but the way it comes across to us may be in different forms.
Describing the manifestation of Jesus to a community Matthew said he fulfilled the words of the scriptures which says the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light (Matthew 4:16). That is another thing life translates to.
Jesus says was that the enemy has come to kill, steal and destroy but he has come that we may have life in abundance (John 10:10). That is his trademark: life.
It makes sense because the result of the disobedience of Adam was death, the opposite of which is life. So if there is a correction to the error of the first Adam, it has to be life through the last Adam, Jesus (1Corinthians 15:45). So God’s servant serve the life of Christ to others; they are its conduits.
The words of Jesus communicates life in truth, his touch communicated life in healing, ditto his cloth. A woman who was as flowing in blood for a long time came up behind him saying within herself: if I may but touch the garment I will be made whole (Matthew 9:19-22). And that was what happened. He is the epitome of life (John 1:1-5, 1John 5:11), coming to us to breathe life into us, into the deadness of our existence. We ooze of death and decay until he came with his life, his healing balm.
God calls his servants. It is not that you volunteer, you are conscripted. That is the sense you get when you hear Paul say: necessity is laid on me, woe is me if I preach not the gospel (1Corinthians 9:16). A servant is given tasks to performed, which you cannot say no to, if he is really a servant.
Jesus gave a parable of two sons instructed by the Father to go into the farm and carry out an assignment. One did the assignment the other did not. Therefore it is not just about hearing the call it is about yielding to it (Matthew 21:27-32).
God called Samuel and he responded through the help of Eli. He said: speak lord your servant is listening. That is the first duty of the servant of God, to listen (1Samuel 3:10).
The bible says those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31). To wait is to listen with the whole of your being. God says: be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10). You need to be emptied of ambition (still its noise in you) to hear from God, emptied of preconceived notions to be able to hear from him.
You cannot be full of your own ways and be usable, you cannot be after following what others say and do well. King Saul was like that, he modified the instruction of God, saying he needed to do what the people say (1Samuel 15:12-24).
Amos said that he was just a keeper of sycamore tree when he was called (conscripted) by God to prophesy to Israel (Amos 7:15). Jeremiah thought he was too young for his prophetic assignment when he was called (Jeremiah 1:1-8). Moses had been a shepherd for four decades in the desert before he was called to go after the children of Israel and take them from the bondage in Israel. He thought someone else should take the assignment. He thought he was not up to it. But God did not take no for an answer. He was conscripted.
But God told him: I will be with your mouth, I will be with you (Exodus 4:12-15). And when he stepped into the assignment, it was into signs and wonders, into supernatural wonders of God.
He was made a prophet in an instant. But that is not the total picture. He had been prepared over a life time. The previous eighty years of his life before his call was preparatory to his call, so that he will have the right physically and emotional disposition, and the internal composition fit for the task. He was later referred to as the meekest man on the earth (Numbers 12:3).
In the same way, God’s servants are made by Him, fashioned by him to carry out specific assignments. God said to a group of people: you are my battle axe and weapon of warfare (something he has fashioned over time), with you I will break in pieces the horses and the horsemen (Jeremiah 51:11-34). He called Cyrus his servant before whom he will open the double door, and give him the riches in the dark places as a reward for his service (Isaiah 45).
Service is always backed with rewards. Paul said we should not be weary in well doing because in due time we would be rewarded (Galatians 6:9). Of Jesus, Isaiah wrote that he shall see the result of his outpouring of his soul in death and he will rejoice (Isaiah 53).
We are his reward, sons coming into glory, clothed with his righteousness and brought back into fellowship with God. And Jesus was described as the servant of God (Matthew 12:18), doing his will all the time.
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- He is Risen Indeed! (bgreenaz.wordpress.com)
- Living So That – Week 3 Bible Verse (mixwilliams.wordpress.com)
- God Reveals (mcsellersthoughtofthedaydotcom.wordpress.com)