As Children of God, we are not made to be the God of our own lives, but a servant of the one true God. The prophets of the Old Testament were harshly persecuted for their faith in the lord, yet Peter points out that “it was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you” (1 Peter 1:12a). We must recognize that we, as humans, change and turn our backs on God constantly, when God never changes. We are made to serve a God who is steadfast, whose love is never failing. The Greek word “Agape” is used to describe God’s love, a love differing from our capability to love by transcending all barriers. God’s sacrificial love never waivers and is available to all who would receive it.
The God that knows the future still offers his everlasting love to all and refuses to give up on even one. Even in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus’s heart was troubled (not only for himself) but for us, because his love is so overwhelming (Mark 14:32-42). Author and pastor Francis Chan, explored what God must have felt like in his “greater than” series by imagining what it must have been like to take his son to death row and tell him that he actually loves these criminals so much, that he was going to have his son die in their place. God’s love for us is so unimaginable that nothing can stop him from loving us. I can only serve the God who would never change his love for me, and I can only love a God, that while I was an adulterer, he bought me out of slavery (Hosea 3). I want other people to know the love that God has for me and for you. This causes me to want to go and “make disciples of all nations” (Mathew 28:19-20), and I will long for God to tell me on the day that I die: “well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Mathew 25:21).
Think about what it means to be a servant, and what it means to be a servant of God. How can you serve others in the way God has served you?