Humble Spirit-Led Service
This is the fourth Festival of Praise 2018 Declaration that participating churches in Stratford are committing to, and a pertinent question we must ask ourselves is, “what does a humble, Spirit-led follower of Christ look and act like?”
Matthew 20:26-28 (NLT)
26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 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.
These verses give a very clear command for those who claim to be followers (not just fans) of Jesus: If you want to lead, you must first have a humbleservant’s heart. If you want to be followed, you must first be a humbleslave to those you want to lead.
A Christ follower in our local churches is part of the greater city-wide body of Christ, and each of us individually needs to be humbleand Spirit-led in order for the whole body to work in unity and bring glory to God in Stratford.
A humbleservant’s heart should have two characteristics.
Paul Tripp, in his book “What Did You Expect?”(probably the best book on marriage we are reading) says, “I have committed myself to pray these three prayers every morning even before I get out of bed:
God, I am a desperate man in need of help today.
I pray that you would send your helpers my way.
Lord, give me the humility to receive the help when it comes.*
A humbleservant of Jesus Christ is desperate; desperate for freedom from sin, desperate for God’s Word, desperate for help. Desperate because she knows that she is broken and in need of a Savior; desperate because he is a sinner in need of his sins forgiven.
How desperate are you to know God and to listen when he speaks, either through his Word or through godly men and women he brings into your life?
Psalm 51:17 (NLT)
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
The second characteristic of a humble servant’s heart exhibits a complete submission to the will of God. This initial surrender occurs the moment anyone recognizes that they are a sinner before God, repents of their sin, and asks Jesus to forgive them for their sin….it is an acknowledgement that they cannot do life alone.
He surrenders because he cannot love others well without Someone greater than himself leading him. She surrenders because she cannot respect others well without Someone greater than herself leading her.
How committed are we to daily giving up our plans to follow God? This lifestyle will be reflected in the way we treat our spouses, children, church family, neighbours, co-workers…..ahumbleservant’s heart will have the attitude of a slave: I exist to serve my Master, who empowers me to serve you.
With his help, we as the Body of Christ can have desperate, surrendering hearts that desire to do the will of God and see Christ glorified in the city of Stratford.
All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at His feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me Jesus take me now
I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Saviour
I surrender all
Judson Wheeler Van DeVenter; Public Domain
*Paul Tripp, What Did You Expect?(Wheaton, IL: Crossway), 162
“If you want to be followed, you must first be a humble slave to those you want to lead”