You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.
Might be a rock’n’ roll addict prancing on the stage
Might have money and drugs at your commands, women in a cage
You may be a businessman or some high degree thief
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief.
You may be a state trooper, you might be an young turk
You may be the head of some big TV network
You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame
You may be living in another country under another name.
You may be a construction worker working on a home
You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome
You might own guns and you might even own tanks
You might be somebody’s landlord you might even own banks.
You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
You may be working in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
You may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir.
Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed.
by Bob Dylan
There are different kinds of servings
Then we have people who serve
Who Do You Serve?
As the song above points out you end up serving someone…but who will it be…The Lord or the devil.
Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and man.” Jesus is saying it is better to place one’s hope in the Person and promises of God than in anything this world has to offer.
Money money money money! can be good and can do good but when one makes money the most important thing, it becomes like a master who you serve and idolize. 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Isaiah 53 speaks of the Suffering Servant who came to bear all our sorrows and griefs. The Suffering Servant was a gift from God. Matthew 20:28, Jesus speaks of Himself and says, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Jesus Wants to Serve Us
Here is a general truth I give you to ponder and believe: every time Jesus commands something for us to do, it is His way of telling us how He wants to serve us. Or say it another way: When we obey God’s commandments this is where Christ meets us, as our servant, to carry our burdens and give us His power. When we become a Christian—a disciple of Jesus—we do not become His helper. He becomes our helper. We do not become His benefactor. He becomes our benefactor. We do not become His servant. He becomes our servant. Jesus does not need our help; He commands our obedience and offers His help. This is why becoming a Christian is a humbling thing. We admit that we need help. And we turn to Christ and say, “I can’t be or do what I know I am supposed to be and do. I am desperate. I need something way beyond what is inside of me or in any other ordinary person. I need you. I turn to you. I have nothing to offer in trade or purchase. I trust you to show me mercy. I trust you to be my servant.”
When we do that, when we submit to Jesus in that way, He becomes our servant. And when He does, all of His commands are no longer things we do for Him, but things He enables us to do for others. The Christian life is a life of serving others in the strength that He supplies as our servant. It is loving others with the love He gives us as our servant. It is sacrificing and suffering with the hope and joy and patience that He gives us as our servant. Galatians 5:13, “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Jesus frees us to serve one another, but not for our own gain. It’s the power, not to do as we want, but to do as we ought. We are saved to serve!
In serving others we serve Him.
John 12:26 Jesus said, “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.”
Christian living is walking in the shadow of our servant King.
It is making sure that we stay in the path where He loves to serve His people—the path of faith and love.