The Profile of a Disciple – Service

This post was originally posted as part of a series of posts on the Profile of a Disciple at theresurgence.org

A disciple of Christ should be a servant. The word “servant” can also be translated “minister”.

To minister is to serve

Serving others is certainly not encouraged in our individualistic society. To be a servant means we must look after the interests of others. It means selflessness as opposed to selfishness. A servant asks, “What can I do for others?” instead of “What can they do for me?” Jesus set the example of being a servant by saying, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Jesus modeled servant ministry

Christian ministry is God’s way of showing the love of his son, Jesus, through his church. Christians must strive to be like Jesus, our perfect example. Mark 10:45, above, beautifully embodies the task of Christian ministry. Disciples are to serve and give their lives for others. Serving is the example Jesus gave and the example his followers should follow.

Servant ministry is a call to love others.

God wants the church to rediscover Jesus’ model of servant ministry. Jesus met both the physical and spiritual needs of the people he ministered to in the Gospels. As the body of Christ, we become his representatives to a lost world. Believers become the hands, feet, and voice of the Lord on earth. Therefore, words and actions are of eternal importance.

Serve others to serve Jesus

Jesus says to us, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:35-46 tells us about the call to be a servant in detail. Servant ministry is a call to love others. This type of love is described in 1 John where he tells us to love our brothers and to serve others in need. 

A disciple is a good steward

Disciples should be good stewards of every area of their life. Nearly 25% of Jesus’ teaching was related to money (e.g. Matthew 24:45-51; Luke 12:16-21; Mark 12:1-11). One of the most important biblical concepts that Jesus taught was stewardship.

What’s yours is his

To be a “steward” primarily denoted being the manager of a household or an estate. Being a Christian steward means being managers over the possessions and wealth God has entrusted to you.

Everything is God’s; therefore, believers should be faithful over everything God has given them. Being a good steward begins with acknowledging that all possessions come from God and belong to him. Christians must cultivate a Christ-centered attitude of stewardship.

What he’s given you should be shared with others

According to Scripture, the Lord also wants us to be good stewards over our talents andgifts, our possessions, our time, and our family. God has blessed us in each of these areas so that we may be good stewards of them. Faithfulness results in fruitfulness. Disciples must strive to be better stewards over everything the Lord entrusted us with. Galatians 6:7-10 says, “…for whatever one sows, that will he also reap…So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Discipleship is for everyone

Discipleship is not for a select group of people or scholars, but is for all Christians, whether they be pastors, professors, or plumbers. The Christian faith is more than theory taught in a classroom; it is meant to be practiced in everyday life.

 

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