Philippians 2:6-8 NIV 2011
Who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Paul wrote to believers in the prosperous Roman colony, Philippi. Like James, he encouraged the church to count it all joy in all circumstances. James 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” Jesus came as God’s servant sent to save sinners. Matthew 20:28, “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.” Jesus left His place with the Father to do His will by becoming a man. Jesus is the Servant’s Heart.
The “Spiritual Gifts” test I took in 1985 revealed serving was one of my gifts which didn’t come as a surprise. I served in various capacities in the two churches we attended through 1994 as well as in leadership with BSF. Taking on a new job kept me from serving for a while. I joyfully serve in my church today as well as BSF wherever God calls me to serve Him. I follow Jesus’ model as His daily servant.
Where is He calling you to serve?