The Nature of a Servant

Philippians 2:7 — He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness (NIV).

We make numerous decisions on a daily basis, and they range in variety. We decide what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and whether we’re going to dress casually, business-like, or stay in our pajamas all day. We choose whether to lose our tempers or stay cool under pressure. We make decisions concerning our families, our jobs, and our free time. Though the choices we make are many and diverse, they all share one thing in common. We make them.

Nobody else can make your decisions for you, not even God. He has given every person a free will, and you ultimately decide how you’re going to live your life. Every choice you make affects your life one way or another. Some are vital to your survival, while others are inconsequential. I want to talk to you today about one of the most important decisions you will ever make—the decision whether or not you will become a servant.

Jesus made Himself nothing and took on the nature of a servant. In other words, He was something (or someone) before and decided to become nothing. He was God by nature before, and then He chose to become a servant.

A person’s nature is a mixture of his or her personality and character. Some of these qualities are present at birth, and others are formed over time. And contrary to popular belief, you have the ability to change your very nature. With God’s help, you can choose for your personality and character to become more like His.

Many people excuse the possibility of becoming a servant because it’s not their personality. Others don’t have the character it takes to effectively serve. If you’re one of them today, don’t accept the way you are. Over the next few days, we’re going to look at the qualities of a true servant. May you never be the same!

Ephesians 3:7 — I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power (NIV).

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