Power-filled Positive Thinking 12B –Birth of a Servant’s Heart
Over the past 11 chapters of this book, we have looked at the positions that we hold because we are in Christ. Those positions have included that we are the Beloved, Blessed, Redeemed and Chosen Children of God—heirs of Royalty, declared as Saints. Now we come to the truth that in Christ we are servants to God and to others. A servant is one who lays aside one’s own selfish desires to attend to the needs, dreams, and desires of another. To have a servant’s heart demands that we step out of our own comfort zone to be willing to sacrifice our time, energies, and love to see another reach their goals and dreams. This is not a simple task that one can perform from a heart that is seeking self-recognition.
Rather the only way that our eyes can open widely enough to see another’s heart is through genuine love. Love that sees the needs and desires of the beloved as greater than one’s own is necessary to be able to genuinely have a servant’s heart. We are asked as followers of Christ to have that kind of heart—the one that is willing to serve; yet, our own self exalting, selfish hearts tend to want to seek our own comfort first. Then, enters love. We may at first find that we are willing servants to whomever we love—like a dear friend, a spouse, or perhaps best illustrated in the love we may have for a child. We become willing to sacrifice everything so that our beloved might have joy, hope, and happiness.
Our love rises to a higher plane and suddenly we begin to see the glimpse of what it is to love like Christ loved us. Though, perhaps still imperfect; our heart begins to grow a little larger through that act of kindness. We find that through that sacrifice we begin to know the joy of watching our beloved succeed and we begin to grow in that love. As our heart stretches and grows it becomes able to feel the depth and the breadth of God’s love fill it a little further. As we become more Christ-like; we begin to realize that our own joy and love is fulfilled by sacrificially serving others. We don’t do it to receive joy; but, rather joy is an end result that arrives unexpectedly. Let us take a moment to look at some scriptures concerning our having a servant’s heart and the servant heart of Christ for us.