Greg Spires – Teaching Pastor
If you asked someone what they did for a living and they replied, “I’m a driver” you might wonder if they drive a freight truck, a cab, or a delivery vehicle. You might find out what company they work for, how far they drive every day, or if they drive their own vehicle or a company vehicle.
But what if you asked someone about their job as a driver and they replied, “Oh, I drive the limousine for the President of the United States.” You would probably be very intrigued by their answer. How did they get that job? What kind of training do they have? Do they have any interesting stories they could share?
In most ways, the driver of a freight truck and the driver of the President’s limousine do the same thing: they operate a vehicle safely to ensure the cargo (or occupant) arrive at their destination on time. In spite of the similarities we still look at the limousine driver differently. Why is that? Because the limousine driver’s job is done in the orb of power, prestige, and public attention.
With this in mind, consider how Paul describes himself in Philippians 1:1, “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus.” At first, we might assume this is Paul being polite and humble. When we hear people talk like this we might think they are self-deprecating. Paul had a world-wide ministry and was instrumental in the life-changing work done in the lives of the people at Philippi. Maybe he was calling himself a servant to try and not come off as arrogant or overly self-assured.
No, Paul was overjoyed to be a servant of Jesus in the same way the driver of the President’s limo takes joy in his job. Paul’s glory was not in his work; rather, Paul’s glory was due to his proximity to the glorious one: Jesus. To be a servant of Jesus is to have the distinct privilege of serving the creator of the universe in His work to remake what was ruined by sin. There is no more honorable and glorious place to be.
This is important to keep in mind, especially when our attitude needs adjustment in regard to serving the Lord and His people. Think about it. If the president, a powerful CEO, a famous performer, or your favorite professional athlete called you and asked you for your help with something, it is likely you would drop everything to do it. You would take pictures and post them on social media. You would tell the story over and over until your friends said, “We’ve already heard it.”
But do we have the same attitude when Jesus prompts us to serve Him in humble ways? Often the answer is no. “Someone else can do it.” “I have a lot going on right now.” “That’s not really my area of gifting.” When we avoid serving the Lord and His people Jesus politely lets someone else do it. But a day will come when many of us will realize the glory we missed avoiding service to the King.
Let’s not miss out on serving in the orb of the glorious King. Let’s find our joy in the glory of being “servants of Christ Jesus.”
I look forward to being with you this Sunday as we celebrate the work of God in Jesus Christ together! This Sunday, we will be seeking God through His Word in Philippians 1:1-2.
See you Sunday,