I was visiting with my friend, Adam, this morning when our conversation took an unexpected turn to servanthood. The question on the table? How do you become a servant? What does a servant look like? How do you know you’ve made it? The questions were part of our shared QUEST – to become/be like Jesus! So, we talked around the topic for a while.
How do you become a servant? We considered ‘studying servanthood’ but found that idea lacking. Our conclusions were that our best hope to become a servant would be to do so by practice! That is, we’ll have to serve if we are ever going to master whatever it might mean to be a servant.
What does a servant look like? That one was easy: Jesus. Holy Spirit inspired Paul to describe it all this way: “Though he [Jesus] was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave…” Phil. 2:6-7 (NLT)
How do you know you’ve made it? The easy answer is once again, “When you are like Jesus.” While that is certainly true, it left us wondering – but how will we know? I heard someone say, many years ago, “you know you are a servant when someone treats you like a servant and you no longer give it a second thought.”
I guess by the very fact that we were having that conversation, neither of us would quite be there yet… but, the very fact that we were having that conversation also suggests we are at least on the way.
Oh how I thank our Father that He has us on the way!