are children of God...heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if
only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him" (Rom.
We are joint
heirs with the 'faithful, obedient Son'--Jesus, the Lamb of God--who is the "Suffering
Servant". Jesus proclaims, "I am among you as the one who serves"
(Luke 22:27). Now living within us, Jesus continues to fulfill his word, " Where
I am, there also will my servant be" (John 12:26); and, "Here I
am...to do your will is my delight" (Psalm 40:8,9). Ultimately, Jesus
offered the perfect "service" to the Father in the offering of his life on the
cross. This service is the supreme worship given to the Father. As true sons
and daughters of the Father, for us too, the true service we offer is our
"True worshipers will worship the
Father in Spirit and truth...God is Spirit and those who worship him must
worship in Spirit and truth" (John 4:23,24).
We are servants of Jesus, and he makes
of us sons and daughters of the Father. We serve God as sons and daughters
because we "serve in the newness of the spirit" (Rom.7:6). Through the
Holy Spirit we share in the kingly, priestly and prophetic identity of Jesus
who is "the Servant of God par excellence" (Dictionary of Biblical Theology,
p. 531); for, in him these three servant roles found in the Old Testament are
united, and hence fulfilled. A true servant of God is one who is called to
'collaborate' with God in His plan. Because we are, in fact, 'joint heirs' with
the Lamb who has fulfilled the Father's plan perfectly, we are called to this
'collaboration' by sharing as intimately as possible in the ministry of the
Lamb who was slain.
Thus, our first posture as servants is
to be one of listening: "Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening" (1
Sam. 3:10). As servants of Jesus we are first to be servants of the word: "We
shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word"
(Acts 6:4). Ultimately this word is the Word himself, Jesus, who is now seated
at the right hand of the Father where he lives forever to make intercession
(see Heb. 7:25). As servants we are formed in the Heart of Mary, who declared
at the Annunciation, "I am the servant of the Lord" (Luke 1:38, NAB 1970
translation). Thus each of us can say with the psalm writer, "LORD,I am your servant, your servant,
the child of your maid servant" (Psalm 116:16). I am the spiritual
child of Mary who is the true "servant-Handmaid" of God. It was through Mary
that the "Suffering Servant" entered into the world "to serve and
to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45).
I have a true servant's heart, or do I need to grow in this area?
I have a true listening heart of a servant of God?
Any scripture from the text; Is. 42:1; Luke 16:13; John
12:26; 1 Pet. 4:11
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