Servanthood

Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

One of the joys that the Lord has given me is that I have the privilege to teach our School of Discipleship students on occasions. My latest assignment is to teach four chapters from a book entitled The Calvary Road by Roy Hession. Many of you may not have heard of it, but it is a book that we cherish in the ministry where I work. We cherish it because it is a book that encourages us to be closer to Christ.

One of the Chapters is titled: “Are You Willing to be a Servant?” In this chapter the author gives five characteristics of a bond servant. A bond-servant is one who has no rights, receives no wages and has no appeal. Here are the five points of a bond servant that the author brings out:

1. A bond-servant must be willing to have one thing on top of another put upon him, without any consideration being given to him.

2. In doing this he must be willing not to be thanked for it.

3. Having done all this, he must not charge the other with selfishness.

4. Having done all that, there is no ground for pride or self-congratulation, but we must confess that we are unprofitable servants, that is, that we are of no real use to God or man in ourselves.

5. We must admit that doing and bearing what we have in the way of meekness and humility, we have not done one thing more than it was our duty to do.

As much as I admire these qualities of a bond-servant, and would like to confess that they were all a part of my life, I cannot do so. Christ was God’s Bond-Servant. Should we be any less to Christ? While these things seem too difficult for us, remember that Christ’s kingdom is an upside down kingdom. The way up, is the way down.

I’ll close with a couple verses from Philippians Chapter 2:

Verse 7: but (Christ) emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Verse 9: For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.

As it was for Christ, so it should be for us. The way up, is the way down. As Jesus was our forerunner in showing us the way of service and humility, may we follow in His footsteps and be His bond-servant to the world around us. God bless you all.

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