“Speak, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10
As men, we grow and change, learning the traditional rules taught in our society; rules of manly behavior. We must learn to be strong. Learn to face our fears. Learn to strive for success and learn to reject signs of weakness. Those signs manifest themselves in showing our emotions, seeming to be weak, failing to grab hold of what is ours and wrestling it away from any other contenders. Men are formidable foes!
But, as Christian men, we must relearn our manly roles based on the perfect manly example, our Savior Jesus Christ. He broke that mold of manliness and reformed it into His pattern as the servant leader when he said, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must become your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matt 20:26
In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul introduced himself as a servant: “Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus. . .” Romans 1:1
2 Timothy 2:24, 25 “And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth. . .”
2 Corinthians 3:4-6 “And such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
1 Timothy 4:4-6 “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer. In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.”
John 12:24-26 “Jesus replied that the time had come for him to return to his glory in heaven, and that “I must fall and die like a kernel of wheat that falls into the furrows of the earth. Unless I die I will be alone—a single seed. But my death will produce many new wheat kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. If you love your life down here—you will lose it. If you despise your life down here—you will exchange it for eternal glory.
“If any man wants to be my disciples, tell them to come and follow me, for my servants must be where I am. And if they follow me, the Father will honor them.
Gal. 5:12 “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Romans 12:10 “Love each other as brothers and sisters and honor others more than you do yourself.”
1 Peter 5:5-7 “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.”
Romans 7:25; 8:2 “The answer to our question, how can I change, follows: “Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord…so now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus…because you belong to Him, the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin…”
Mark 8:34-35 “Then he called his disciples and the people around him, and said to them, “If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps, he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me. The man who tries to save his life will lose it; it is the man who loses his life for my sake and the Gospel’s who will save it.”
As a man, Jesus stood toe to toe against evil, demonic spirits, powerful government leaders and religious leaders with great authority while, at the same time, displaying his servant-leader qualities by stooping before his apostles with a towel and bowl of water…to wash their dusty feet—a servant’s role.
Rather than brandishing a flashing sword while astride a mighty steed, Jesus came with palm fronds on a donkey; His example as a man, a servant.