A repeated litany rings from the pens of the apostles.
The letter to the Romans begins, “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ,” Philippians introduces, “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus.” The epistle of Titus and the Book of James yield similar proclamations. This theme is echoed again and again—“Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ.” It’s even included in the last prophetic vision of Scripture, “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must soon take place.”
Clearly, the apostles understood a concept all but lost to modem Christians. They knew beyond a shadow of doubt that they were servants of Christ and “stewards of the mysteries of God” (I Cor. 4:1). All their service, all their time, all their belongings, all their talents were interpreted in light of the definitive manifesto: You are not your own. You were bought with a price. You are bond slaves of Christ Jesus!
The great stress of Western culture on the individuality of free men, the democratic process, and the inherent right of each to decide his own fate—all tend to obliterate the New Testament concept of servanthood.
A proper restoration of this attitude will greatly alter the-way most Christians live. It may call for painful and drastic restructuring of the way we spend our time, of the way we donate our services. But it will also deliver us from the secular me-my mold the world is squeezing us into, as well as from the dominion of the master of mammon. It will have far-reaching implications for our attitudes toward hospitality. When a mind-change has occurred, we will truly be servants of one master, Christ. Our allegiance will be undivided.
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.