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A servant’s heart does not exalt itself above others. In this fallen world, most people do not understand the Kingdom definition of a “servant,” which is… “someone who is fruitful and productive for the benefit of others.”
It doesn’t matter if I’m rich or poor, educated or illiterate, am known around the world or just in my community; by being a servant to others, not only am I expressing the heart of God, but according to Jesus, I am also expressing GREATNESS. In Mark 9, the disciples were exalting themselves above one another. This gave Jesus the perfect opportunity to teach them that walking in greatness means expressing the heart of a servant. Mark 9:33-35 33 After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you discussing out on the road?” But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”
Let’s look at the difference between Jesus and Lucifer. Lucifer desired to exalt himself. Isaiah 14:12-14 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
While Lucifer thought to be great meant to have God’s POSITION, Jesus humbled himself, came down to earth, and expressed God’s servant heart. Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, he did not come to be served, but to serve. By washing the feet of his disciples (John 13:1-17), he also taught us that a great leader of leaders, is a servant of servants at heart. I am fully convinced that we are only as powerful as the status of our heart. Some only serve others if they can maintain an outward appearance of IMPORTANCE. However, if you possess The Heart of A Servant, it is NEVER important to you whether the task at hand makes you look like a King or a slave. (John 13:1-17)