Christ, our example of servanthood: Service to my generation – Part 2
“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption” (Acts 13:36 -NKJV).
David, the ancestor of Jesus served his generation. He set the pace for Jesus his descendant to equally serve humanity as Saviour and Redeemer. In David and our Lord Jesus Christ, we find worthy examples of how to serve our generation.
David served his generation in different capacities. He served Israel as a Warrior and Defender of the nation from the hands of the Philistines. He slew Goliath and redeemed the image of Israel, which was ridiculed by Goliath. “All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said: “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord said to you, `You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler,’” (2 Samuel 5:1-2).
David also served Israel as a leader who became a rallying point for the delinquents of the nation of Israel who saw him as their leader. “David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So, when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So, he became captain over them. And there were about 400 men with him” (1 Samuel 22:1-2 – NKJV).
David equally served Israel as King. 2 Samuel 5: 3-4 reads: “When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the King made a compact with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was 30 years old when he became king, and he reigned 40 years.”
Like David, we are saved and called to serve God in our generation. Indeed, God created us for service.
“For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13-14; Lk.173-74- NKJV).
“We have been rescued from our enemies, so, we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live,” Luke 1:74-75 – NLT.
Jesus demonstrated humility and servanthood in washing the feet of his disciples. At the end of it, he urged us to do likewise (John 13:14-15). Jesus pointed the way for us to serve one another.
We are to serve God in holiness and without fear. We are to serve God in the place of prayer and intercession. (1 Timothy 2:1-4). We are to serve God with our gifts, talents, skills, time and resources.
“If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly,” Romans 12:7-8 -NLT.
Servanthood starts first from the heart, then affects the attitude and actions. It is also important to note that our service to the Master will be based on our future reward in heaven.