Scattered Seeds

Today’s Devotional – The Heart of a Servant

Drawn from my archives

Philippians 2 tells us to put on the mind of Christ Who took on the form of a servant and humbled Himself before God and man. We’ve read how our Savior washed 24 dirty feet on the night He was betrayed. We read how He went to the cross like a lamb to the slaughter, and how He gave up His life for ours.

Strong’s concordance defines the word servant (doulos) as: a slave or devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests. (Strong’s 1401)

The key here is the disregard of one’s own interest.

In the same chapter, Paul writes, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)

I can clean my home, cook a meal, and take care of my family, but if I’m not doing it for the right reasons then I’m merely doing a job. Sure, we can do our job and also be a servant at the same time, but we can also do a job and not be a servant at all.

What’s most incredible about the servant-heart of Jesus is His selfless act of service. In John chapter 13 we read that Jesus washes the feet of His disciples. Notice the order of these events. He washed their feet after the devil prompted Judas to betray Him. Jesus knew this full well when he got up from His meal. In fact, He mentioned it to the disciples right after He was done.

He didn’t wash 11 men and skip the 12th. He put himself aside to serve them all.

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Tilling the Soil

Read John Chapter 13 where we see Jesus washing the feet of His disciples.

Planting Hope

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4, NIV)

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DARLENE SCHACHT is an award-winning and NYT best-selling author. She is the founder of Time-Warp Wife Ministries, an online publication that encourages women to live Christ-centered lives.

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