Jesus showed that he was the perfect servant who wanted nothing but to serve the will of His Father. By choice, he limited the use of some of his divine powers to be a lowly servant of God the Father. The empty cross served as a vivid reminder of his perfect humility as well as his power over din and death.
Philippians 2:5-9 (NIV)
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness...
A. God designed us to Serve:
Every single one of us has a purpose. There is something that God has design for you to do.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
B. God gifted us to Serve:
Each one has been given a gift. And we must use this gift to carry out his work thru us.
Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
C. God showed us how to Serve:
John 13:1-17 (NIV)
4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
Character of a Servant: H-O-S-E-A
H - umble
S - ensitive
E - nthusiastic
A - vailable