Servanthood: The Servant King

When you read the header of this post for the first time, somewhere in the back of your mind you were probably wondering, “Servant and King…? How can those be grouped together into one title?” I mean, when I think of servants and kings, I think of them on the total opposite ends of society. So why have I named this post “The Servant King”? Have I sparked your curiosity yet? I hope so.

Let’s take a look at the life of Christ. Jesus Christ also called the “King of kings” and “Lord of lords”, was willing to come to the earth from Heaven in human form. His purpose? To suffer through one of, if not the most painful and humiliating death imaginable to make possible the salvation of the very people that were crucifying him. But even before Jesus’ death, he wasn’t living the lifestyle that we find most of the kings throughout Bible times living. He wasn’t born in a palace. He wasn’t even born in a proper home. No, the King of kings and Lord of lords was born in a manger (Luke 2:6-7).

Jesus tells us in Luke 9:58, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

He wasn’t living a life of comfort in the slightest. In John chapter 13, we read about Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. I know I often find myself complaining when my mom asks me to wash the dishes so I really doubt I would wash anyone’s feet, let alone by my own initiative. Jesus repeatedly puts himself in the place of a servant.

Philippians 2:7 sums up his life pretty well… “Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

If the King of kings and Lord of lords placed himself in the position of a servant all throughout his life, what are his expectations for his followers?

Matthew 20:26b-28 says, “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

If we want to be exalted in Heaven, he tells us that we must place ourselves in a position of servanthood while we are on earth. Over the course of May, we are going to be taking a deeper look at the various aspects of servanthood. I look forward to growing in this essential area and hope that you share in my excitement to become a better servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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