Given January 11, 2008
I pray every day to be a servant of the Lord. I say, “Lord, how may I serve you today?”, and He’ll usually give me some task to do or a person to encourage. As I was praying this day, the Lord showed me that there are levels of servanthood which opened my eyes to my service. I hope it will be enlightening to you as well.
The first level of servanthood is to make the decision that you WANT to be a servant. You cannot serve unless you decide to. The second level is what I call, a day worker. These servants report to the Master each day and ask where do I go and what do I do today. No routine, no regularity, just show up willing to do the Master’s bidding.
The third level comes when the Master says, “Servant, I notice you are here every day willing to go and do whatever I ask. Today and from now on, I want you to report to the barn. I have some daily tasks I want you to do out there.” This will be some hard work but there is regularity with it.
The fourth level may come later when the Master again says, “Son, I see how you come to serve each day, you work well and even stay late sometime. Beginning tomorrow, I want you to come serve me in my house. Report to the Master’s house tomorrow.” This is a good promotion however, while serving in the big house, you must be willing to go back to being a day worker if that’s what the Master requires.
I think these levels of servanthood come with being tested and proven for the work of the Kingdom. I want to be tested and proven to move from glory to glory and have the favor of the Master who says, “…If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all. Mark 9: 35b“. It seems like I spend a lot of time as a day worker. But that’s OK. As long as I get to serve my Master. What kind of servant are you?