The Exhorter

What It Means To Be A Servant Of God

How do you look at working and serving in the Lord’s church? Do you see it for yourself and for others as an honorable endeavor?

Working and serving in the church for example as an elder or deacon is depicted as a fine work and obtaining a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 3:1,13).

The household of God was an immense concern for Paul in his directives to Timothy (1 Tim 3:15). He explained the reason in a sublime description – “I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”

Consider carefully the word “conduct.” In Titus 2:9,10 – Even bondservants were exhorted that in their conduct they were to be – showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. We should understand that our actions in everything we do represent and honor the teachings of God our Savior. Those who lead us and serve us are striving to help us live in a way that glorifies our Father in heaven.

In 1 Timothy 4:6 – we see the goal of those who would lead and guide the family of God – “constantly nourished on the words of faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.” Timothy in doing this is said to be a good servant of Christ Jesus. So as elders and deacons lead and serve the church family, they are carrying out the very charge given to Timothy. This would be true of any servant of God.

Whatever we are blessed to do in His kingdom, we do it to the glory of the Father through Christ. In Eph 3:21 we read that this is the goal of all work and service – “to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen!”

Jesus is our example of being a good servant. Our service in Him means:

Praise before God our Father when we are careful to do His will!

Worship and service to our Father when we glorify Him in everything we do!

Being virtuous when we humble ourselves and are lowly in mind and unselfish, this proclaims God above all!

Fully recognizing our Father who cares for us as we talk to Him in prayer!

His power and strength will bring us through life’s struggles as we are gentle with others.

The goodness of God is reflected through compassion in our care for others.

May God bless us to be good servants in the kingdom of His Son.

— Ron Drumm