There are benefits to servanthood. The basic one is that the Lord responds when we practice an attitude of stewardship. We serve, and He then provides the delights of serving. We give, and He showers upon us His bountiful graces. We bend the knee in homage, and He lifts us up to rule beside Him.
What a wonderful Master! He is unlike any other. He is interested equally in all of His stewards. His communication with His servants is matchless There is never a time when we cannot immediately speak to Him. And, there is never an occasion when His principles regarding life are not available to us.
Those of you who know Him well realize He has a loving sense of humor. He isn’t temperamental. His basic personality doesn’t change from day to day. He is consistent.
Our Master, unlike other masters, is good. In fact, His good is unsurpassed. He always does the appropriate thing, usually going beyond what we expect.
He is trustworthy. If He gives His word, even to a servants, you can expect Him to keep it. Our Master is righteous and just in the way He operates. And yet, He loves us all despite our flaws. He forgives us again and again, and always goes the extra mile.
He is wise and His wisdom guides us. He helps us past many pitfalls we do not even see. We are servants, really bond slaves—more than that, we are stewards—slaves elevated to positions of responsibility in our Master’s Kingdom.
But, unlike other masters, He regards us with fond affection. He calls us His sons and heirs! Perhaps this is because He Himself has been a steward. He humbled Himself, taking on the form of a slave, and thus can identify closely with us.
He is the wealthiest of all the overlords, and He is the head of all the masters. He is the only one of a kind. He is truly unique, this Master, beyond description!
How can we realize His control in our daily lives? Like many women, I often live in a hectic environment. Recently, with some other women, I spent a weekend in the quietness of a Lutheran deaconess retreat. The cleanliness of the highly waxed floors. The sparkling whiteness of linen cloths. The manicured lawns, with one yard parading old iron clothes poles. The fresh quilted spreads on comfortable beds in garret-like rooms. The bells chiming their precise notifications—all spoke great peace to my soul. I went home determined to bring order into my door-slamming, voices-calling, scattered toy-dominated life!
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen Mains serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
Likewise, pastors will find special resources to help them prepare effective, life-transforming Sunday sermons by visiting David Mains’ website by clicking here.