Servanthood

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-2-15-38-pm“[Christ] did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form,  He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:6-8 (ESV)

What does servanthood look like? Well probably a lot like the Lord Jesus when He lowered Himself from equality with God to be as one of us. And if we would follow in His example of servanthood at all, it will take a life lived by the Spirit, because the flesh will want no true part in it! Christ’s obedience went to the point of death, and if we would truly humble ourselves below God I don’t think it would be much different for us, although perhaps it would not include a physical martyrdom. 

Christ being given a physical body found it then imperative to serve. In Hebrews 10, Christ’s words are, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me;…Behold, I have come to do your will, O God…” His body was prepared for the direct purpose of fulfilling God’s will, which meant offering it once for all as a sacrifice for sins. Now it is in the blood of that sacrifice where He offered Himself through the eternal Spirit without blemish to God that we have our conscience purified from dead works to serve the living God. (Heb. 9:14) Merely wanting to serve God and to follow the example of Jesus is not enough. It takes the sanctifying work of Christ by His blood in our lives, otherwise we will be left in the deadness of our works trying to make up for our sin. As God’s servants, we should not operate from a position of debt paying, but from a cleansed conscience in loving obedience. 

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