Celebrity Or Servant?

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)

Celebrity Or Servant?

One of the oldest ailments in human history is the need to be famous. This generation is called the “me-generation” as if it is a new moniker; labeling the spirit of the modern age focused on self to the exclusion of others. Sin, at its root, is bedded in need for self-exaltation. Lamech was one of the most narcissistic, self-centered, and egotistical men of his time and was only six generations removed from Adam and Eve. Throughout Biblical history, men like Pharaoh, Saul, Ahab, Nebuchadnezzar, and the Herods of the first century sought to find their place in history as celebrities of note. The gospel of Jesus Christ attacks the need for self-exaltation with fervor and piety to show that greatness is found in slavery, power in humility, and glory in bowing down.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, yet the divine nature of Jesus did not keep Him from becoming the greatest servant of all time when He emptied Himself and became His creation. Throughout His ministry, Jesus told the people He came to serve, not to be served. The day would come when Jesus would be served as King of Kings and Lord of Lords but not before sacrificing himself as the eternal servant as a lamb led to the slaughter. Through the example of servitude dying on the cross, the principles of servanthood are demanded of those who follow Jesus. No one can be a disciple of Jesus without bearing a cross. Crucifixion was not only a most painful experience but the humility of the process was experienced by Jesus as an example of being a servant.

Slavery is never a popular subject in the woke world of failed human wisdom, and yet the nature of service is at the core of the Christian life. Paul reminds the brethren of Galatia that to be a child of God was to be a servant or slave to others. Liberty brings freedom, and freedom in Christ brings servitude. Every child of God has been called to be free in Christ so that one can serve others through love. The admonition of Paul describes the work of Jesus. God asked His Son to bring freedom to mankind. Jesus, as the lamb, took the scroll from the hand of His Father and became the lamb of sacrifice. He did not use His glory for His own glory but for the glory of the Father. Through love, Jesus served humanity by dying on the cross without sin. He could have called twelve legions of angels to deliver Him, but He died to save the world.

The focus of the Christian’s life is not on himself but on others. Like Jesus, the child of God is concerned for others more than themself. Servitude is fulfilling the law of God. Becoming a slave of Jesus Christ is being exalted to the glory of the Father. Freedom in Christ removes fear, doubt, despair, and hopelessness because the focus is turned from self to serving others. The Christian life is not about being a celebrity but a servant. Servitude is found in helping, teaching, supporting, and finding ways to serve others in their daily walk.

It takes courage to be a servant. When a man humbles himself before the throne of God, he will find the glory of servitude as an eternal blessing of God’s love. It is not about me and my needs and my wants. Being a Christian is about the will of God and serving others. Life is short, but there is so much service to provide during this short life. Servanthood will change the heart and make more willing the hands to serve. To be like Jesus, we must be servants.

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