Selfishness is an enemy that robs us from being servants unto God. Many people are servants today, but not unto the Lord. “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13). ” ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered ‘May it be to me as you have said’ ” (Luke 1:38, NIV).
A true servant performs his duties as unto the Lord. He does not operate in the energy of the flesh. He truly loves God, and derives his strength from the Word of God and the filling of the Holy Spirit. He has faith which works by love to serve others (1), and is willing to lay down his life for the brethren (2).
It is very important that we learn this principle because a servant knows what he is to do and does not easily fall into serving men based on their personalities. In order to have an effect on the world, we need to become servants to the Lord Jesus Christ.