There is no greater cure for the ‘blues’ than helping someone else with their problem and not expecting anything back in return. There are several ‘quick fixes’ like music, poetry, hobbies etc. that help to cheer us up temporarily, but pure joy lies in serving others. We can be sure we are in God’s will when we truly remember the motto, Jesus first in your life, Others second and Yourself last. JOY!

From Heaven You Came (The Servant King)    

Words and Music: Graham Kendrick

From heaven You came, Helpless babe,
Entered our world, Your glory veiled;
Not to be served, But to serve,
And give Your life, That we might live.

This is our God, The Servant King;
He calls us now, To follow Him,
To bring our lives, As a daily offering
Of worship to, The Servant King.

There in the garden Of tears,
My heavy load, He chose to bear;
His heart with sorrow, Was torn,
‘Yet not My will, But Yours,’ He said.

This is our God, The Servant King;
He calls us now, To follow Him,
To bring our lives, As a daily offering
of worship to, The Servant King.

Come see His hands, And His feet,
The scars that speak, Of sacrifice;
Hands that flung stars, Into space
To cruel nails, Surrendered.

This is our God, The Servant King;
He calls us now, To follow Him,
To bring our lives, As a daily offering
Of worship to, The Servant King.

So let us learn, How to serve,
And in our lives, Enthrone Him;
Each other’s need, To prefer,
For it is Christ, We’re serving.

This is our God, The Servant King;
He calls us now, To follow Him,
To bring our lives, As a daily offering
Of worship to, The Servant King.

 

The Servant Song   

By Richard Gillard

Brother, let me be your servant

Let me be as Christ to you

Pray that I may have the grace

To let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey.
We are brothers on the road.
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you;
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping.
When you laugh, I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
We shall find such harmony
Born of all we’ve known together
Of Christ’s love and agony.

Brother, let me be your servant.
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.

 

Matthew chapter 20 verses 17-29

17 And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them,

18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death,

19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.

21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.

22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.

John chapter 13 verses 1-17 and 33-38

1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;

3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

5 After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet*.

15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him: Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee: The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

* Washing one another’s feet is, for example, overlooking people’s faults, weaknesses and foibles, always noticing the good in people and forgiving people who have hurt us. No-one is perfect this side of Heaven. We all have our own weaknesses and failures and God loves ALL people. Ideally we must do the same.  If we are a Christian we must remember that God has forgiven ALL our sins and we must forgive the sins of others. Judgement belongs to God and not us. 

Matthew chapter 23 verses10-12

10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

 

I don’t think there is any doubt that the best words a Christian can hear are “Well done my good and faithful servant” To hear the Creator of the Universe, The Ruler of all that there is, The Redeemer of our souls tell us this is the highest honour that an individual can attain. However, we can only be told this when our earthly journey has ended and we have breathed our last breath. While we are still alive, we are still fighting, striving, contending and growing. The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is still spurring us on to perfection. But when our journey is over and we have held to our faith, we are given our approval from the Lord.

Matthew  chapter 25  verses 21 and 23

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

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