In a broken, sinful world, the deepest relationships are formed in the darkest places.
Two weeks ago, Major Richard Winters died. He was the commander of Easy Company, made famous by the HBO series “Band of Brothers”. Few commanders have been so loved and so revered by his men. One wrote:
“You are loved and will never be forgotten by any soldier that ever served under you. I would follow you into hell.”
Like the woman in Luke 7, a servant heart expresses itself in uncalculating generosity: riches are poured out, emotions are engaged, reputation is put aside, records are forgotten.
But such a servant attitude is so distant from me, too un-characteristic of my life.
Do I even want a servant’s heart? I don’t like the lowest place, the humiliation, the company. Who can lead me to such lavish out-pourings of myself? Where can I get such riches to give? How can I ever be free – to serve?
These verses lead us:
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, that though He was in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but He emptied Himself and took on the very nature of a servant.” Phil. 2:5-7.
It is God’s purpose that the attitude of the follower of Christ be like His; that we would gain a servant’s heart.
Christ gives us servant hearts by serving us.
First, He came from heaven. What perogatives did He forego? What Glories? What reputation? What record?
He also comes to us — in our need, our mess, our brokenness and depravity. Jesus Christ joins us in the trenches of hell and leads us out – with humility and service.
He came, the servant God, serving out of love, without reservation, not from emptiness, but from fullness, in peace, with joy.
This is the culture of the fellowship of Jesus Christ. We are the one’s who have been in His company, who have been served to salvation by Him. He has washed our feet, our souls, our lives. He has led us from death to life. We are free. So, the culture of His followers is not conservative, but prodigal, lavish in service. All our service is first serving Him in love and gratitude. With Him, we go into the depravity and brokenness — the hells — of our loved ones and neighbors.
“For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which He prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10
What is it that holds back your heart from a life of service to Christ and to others?What is it that you don’t want Him getting His hands on? Don’t want Him to wash? Admit it to Him. Ask Him to show you how He has loved and saved you deeper than you know. And when He shows you, your heart will first be broken by His Spirit, then changed by His lavish grace into the heart of a servant.
To the degree that you are served by Him, to that degree your will be freed to serve.
O Christ, Servant and Savior. Do that in us. We pray in Your name.