If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. – John 12:26
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.
26 “It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,
27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Thank Heaven for 7-Eleven! The 7‑Eleven brand is known and loved around the world. Many of their iconic products are a big part of the American culture. At 7‑Eleven, they are customer-obsessed. They are a success story fueled by knowing and serving the needs of their customers. Their focus stays fixed on making life easier for customers.
They “Give the customers what they want, when, and where they want it.” This simple idea made them a marketplace leader. 7‑Eleven has a legacy of innovation. They virtually created the convenience store industry. They were among the first to offer 24-hour service. 7‑Eleven figured out that being a servant means being on duty and willing to serve, even when it is not convenient.
What the Father needs is 7‑Eleven servants. In fact, the Father would probably be quite pleased if we were to coin a new motto: thank Heaven for 7‑Eleven servants of the King.
John 12:26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Jesus called His followers servants. Following the Lord Jesus Christ involves becoming a servant of the King. What does it look like to be a successful servant?
When we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior our eternal destiny is secure. At that moment, the Father could take us home and we could enjoy being in His presence forevermore. Why does He leave us behind to live out our appointed number of days on this earth?
There are many correct answers to this question. One of the more important ones is that the Father wants us to be His servants on earth. To do so we must develop a servant mentality. Ultimately the Father is in charge. His servants are no longer “me-centered.” Rather they become “Father-centered.” We are here to serve the Father. It is not the other way around. A servant mentality is coming to the realization that our purpose on earth is not to serve ourselves. Rather our purpose is to serve the Father.
This is a big hurdle indeed! But once we are on the other side, we have the opportunity to be a truly successful servant. A 7‑Eleven servant gives of their time, resources, energy, money, loyalty, and expertise. They surrender, release and turnover all that they have to the Father. The Father has no use for our stuff. He has no intention of keeping it. The Father returns all of it back to us. The Father asks that what He returns to us, is used wisely in His service.
Our purpose for living is to please Him. He in turn will place other people in our lives to serve and care for.
Matthew 10:24 A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.
The Message Bible paraphrases it, “A student doesn’t get a better desk than their teacher. A laborer doesn’t make more money than their boss.” (MSG)
On the TV show, NCIS, Special Agent in Charge, Leroy Jethro Gibbs is “The Bs.” All of the special agents that report to him call him simply, “Boss.”
When we decide to become a servant of the Father, we surrender being the boss of our little world, not to mention the universe. Our thinking becomes I serve my Boss. I am a servant of the King of kings and Lord of lords. The struggle is over and I am more than content to join Him in His work.
REFLECT & PRAY
Be careful where you sit, choosing humility is far superior than being humiliated before your peers and higher-ups.
Father I want to be Your servant, develop in me a servant mentality.
Once a child of the King willingly decides to be a servant, appropriate attitudes will follow. Servants understand that regardless of their ranking in social circles or society, they are always willing to take the lowest place.
Rather than claim a place among the great, they position themselves below their own rank. It is far better to be humble, then to be humiliated. It is far superior to begin at a lower rank and be invited to come up, rather than being demoted. It is better to assume a humble place and be promoted than to be presumptuous and be reproved.
6 Do not honor yourself before the king, and do not stand in the place of great men;
7 for it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than to put you lower before a prince, whom your eyes have seen.
The Hebrew term translated honor yourself or put yourself forward is hadar. Part of its semantic domain is, to claim honor, to seek favoritism or respect, to thrust yourself forward, to exalt oneself or to be puffed up.
8 “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited?
9 The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!
10 “Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.
11 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
“Humility is a fundamental grace in the Christian life, and yet it is elusive; if you know you have it, you have lost it! It has well been said that humility is not thinking meanly of ourselves; it is simply not thinking of ourselves at all. Jesus is the greatest example of humility, and we would do well to ask the Holy Spirit to enable us to imitate Him (Philippians 2:1-16)” (Wiersbe).