“Nothing short of a religion which subjects us to personal service of Christ, which gives us a new heart and a right spirit, and compels us to feel that we are not our own, but bought with a price—nothing short of this will ever give lasting peace of mind, or bring us to the place where we shall see the face of God with delight.”
(C. H. Spurgeon, “Christ’s Servant—His Duty, and Reward,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, vol. 8 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1862), 434).
“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him” (Jn 12:26). Christian service is filled with responsibilities and blessings.
In order to serve Jesus, we must listen to him. When Jesus said “follow me” in John 12:26, he used a word which root has to do with listening. We have the responsibility of listening to our Lord’s command.
However, as we are listening to His Word, we are also in His presence. Every day we long to be with Jesus. I can think of nothing I want more than to be with Jesus. If we serve, as Jesus was a servant, then we are in His presence.
Furthermore, the servant of God is promised God’s honor. The word for “honor” means “to set a price on, to value.” How wonderful it is to be valued by God the Father and with God the Son!
Being a servant is a wonderful treasure and opportunity which each Christian is privileged to enjoy every day.