“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor”
John 12:25-26 NKJV
Our opening text is such an instructive one. It is one every believer must be acquainted with. Jesus speaking to His disciples infers that the life we’ve been called into is one marked by service.
We are called to serve! Jesus in John 12:26 states with absolute clarity that He is the one to be served. Hence, we have become His servants.
You might be tempted to think that the reason He demands our service to Him is that He is God manifest in the flesh.
Before you run with that idea, let’s bring things into proper perspective. The One who commands your service isn’t One who intends to subjugate you. He commands your service because He first served and laid down an example of service we should follow.
In John 13:5-12, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples to signify His heart of service towards them. When He was done, He said:
“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”
John 13:13-17 KJV
These verses are nothing to joke about. We must always be reminded that He sent us and like He said, the one who is sent is not greater than the sender and the servants (You and I) are not greater than the Lord.
We must embrace our identity as servants of Christ. It helps us in how we view the responsibility bestowed on us as well as the seriousness we ought to exude.
Majority of the new testament writers addressed themselves as servants of Christ. There was a reason for it. In Nigerian parlance, we would say ‘E get why’.
Recognizing your identity as a servant of Christ is the first step towards the fulfillment of your calling.