A servant is defined by the dictionary as a person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant. Some synonyms for the word are
attendant · retainer · domestic help while more negative words also are listed lackey · flunkey · minion .
Over time the word SERVANT indicates someone being held in bondage as a slave. What do you think of when you hear that word?
In our current time there’s still a negative connection with “serving” of being held in captivity with no hope of ever being able to live independently. Each day we’re told what to do. Wear a mask. Socially distance yourself. Wash your hands. Do it for the elderly. In a way, we’ve become servants to our leadership in Washington. We become servants to this new way of life, because we’re guilted into thinking it’s our responsibiliy to do so. We also try to follow God’s commandment of loving our neighbor and doing good for others – not only because God says we should, but because it’s good advice. We get mixed messages about serving others as meaning being beholding to them. It’s difficult to sacrifice our own time, talents and gifts.
Jesus told his disciples that giving of ourselves shows our obedience and love for Him. The things we do for others don’t incarcerate us. They liberate us and help those around us. Instead of thinking of these words – serving or servanthood or slave – in a negative way, it’s time to consider them as a necessity as well as an obligaion for all of us. God wants us to love one another as He first loved us. By doing so, we’re unlocking the shackles that hold us captive..
How can I serve today? Look to the Bible first, because in that guide for living I will find the answers. Then put those thoughts into practice. Serving is a reflection of our love for what God first did for us. Start today, by asking yourself, how can I serve the Lord today?