How does God feel toward those who have a servant’s heart?
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|How will Christ examine the good and bad deeds of our life? What are the works that God prepared in advance for us to do? Will some Christians be honored more than others?
Copyright: 2000, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. LEM
Keywords: Eternal Security, Eternity, Eternal rewards, Servant heart, Matthew 20:25-28,
- Ankerberg: The third thing Christ will reward at His judgment seat are those who are servants, not bosses. Jesus said, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Do you have a servant’s heart in all that you do for Christ? I want you to look at Matthew 20:25-28. “Jesus called [the disciples] to Himself and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whosoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
- Now from this passage I could ask you, “Do you want to be considered great in Jesus’ Kingdom someday?” The Bible says there will be those who are called great in the Kingdom and those who will be called least in the Kingdom. Which would you like Jesus to say about you?
- Well, if you want to be called “great” in the Kingdom later, you need to be a servant now. Notice, Jesus said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them.” He is talking about how the world operates. Think of how things go at work. The guy who is ahead of you, he lords it over you. When the boss speaks, you jump. In a world filled with pride and egos, you find displayed the attitude of, “Kiss my foot! I’m above you!” That’s the world’s system. But among Christians, Jesus says, “It shall not be so among you. Instead, whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.” This is the way it’s supposed to be in the Church, but that’s not always the way it is. Rather, I find that there are two kinds of people who come to church every Sunday. There are those who come to be served and then there are those who come to serve. What do I mean?
- First, there are those who come to be served. They walk up the steps to the church and say, “Where is the person who is supposed to greet me? I don’t see them.” As they walk through the doors, they check whether there is any dust on the windowsills. Has the church been vacuumed properly? Is it too warm? Is it too cold? Is the sound too loud or too soft? Is the music too contemporary? Too traditional? Have you ever met any Christians like that? These folks come every Sunday to be served. They’re the ones who say about the Sunday School teacher, “Well, he was a little dry today. Must have had a tough week.” When they go to the morning service, “The choir didn’t hit it today. They were a little flat. The song leader talks too much. The pastor, well he was okay, but he went a little long. I’ll give him a B-.”
- Then, there are the people who come to church every Sunday to serve. This is the person who stands at the front door and welcomes people in and shakes their hands. This is the person who teaches the Sunday School class, sings in the choir, ushers people to their seats. This is the one who leads the music from the platform, works the sound system, plays the organ or piano, preaches the sermon. They are servants who are there to serve. Which one are you?
- Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great in the kingdom must be your servant.” Further, if you want to be “top dog” in the Kingdom, that is, you want to be first, Jesus says, “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave.”
- What is a slave? It is a person who has given up all rights; he is completely dedicated to serving his master. And what Jesus is asking of Christians here is no different than what He Himself did. In Matthew 20:28 Jesus said, “Just as the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” When we serve others, we are acting just like our Lord did, and it’s this kind of behavior that He promises to reward.