Seven Characteristics of a
Devoted Servant of God
Reviving the heart of servanthood is crucial for maintaining enduring power, authority, and triumph in the life of a believer. All power and authority emanate from servanthood, which is rooted in the character and sacrifice of Yeshua. He did not seek self-glory or fame but lived a humble life, demonstrating the power of His Father.
He taught: "Whoever desires to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first must be your slave" (Matthew 20:25-27). In our leadership, we strive to emulate God's nature by responding with kindness, gentleness, and compassion (Galatians 5:22; Colossians 3:12). We prioritize others' needs over personal agendas, reflecting the qualities of our Lord Yeshua and our Heavenly Father.
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility, count others more significant than yourselves" (Philippians 2:3). Yeshua's humility serves as a model for us. The absence of humility may lead to the misuse of title and power. Legitimate authority is grounded in Scripture's principle that "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble" (1 Peter 5:5). A gospel-centered leader understands that meekness and gentleness are appropriate expressions of power under the Lord's authority.
We are continuously in training for the ongoing work of the Kingdom, striving for godliness in every aspect of life (1 Timothy 4:7-8; 15). Like Yeshua's early followers, we acknowledge our need for growth and effectiveness in serving His kingdom.
We recognize that serving the Kingdom often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. Just as David persevered in his obscurity, we find our strength and perseverance not in ourselves but through God's presence and the Holy Spirit's work.
Ready to Serve Where Needed
Yeshua's followers should be willing to serve without limits, supporting missions, aiding others through prayer and encouragement, and responding to various service opportunities. Our service is a reflection of God's love and the example set by Jesus.
Following God's Direction
Sometimes, God's plans may differ from our own, even when our intentions are noble. We understand that ministry is not about our vocation but a calling directed by God's will.
Suffering is a shared experience for all believers, and it equips us for ministry. Our firsthand experience of God's comfort during trials enables us to comfort others in their distress, shaping us into instruments of His grace.
We strive to present ourselves as approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, diligently handling the truth of the gospel (2 Timothy 2:15). Our work is done with confidence and joy, knowing that we serve Yeshua by the Father's command through the Holy Spirit's power. We are never ashamed of the gospel's message and the sacred work of living for Him.