WHEN we say we are Christians, what do we really mean?
Do we mean going to church, reading the Bible or singing in a praise team?
We MUST study the Life of Jesus Christ while He was on planet earth before we call ourselves Christians. Thereafter, make every effort to live out the life of Jesus Christ.
To be a Christian means to be like Christ in deeds, words and attitudes. In short, Christianity is a life of servanthood – no more, no less.
This servanthood is holistic [both spiritual and physical]. In this article however, we are only going to deal with physical servanthood.
What is your attitude towards your workers? Are you the one who reaches out to them and tell them you will make all things right?
Or you give excuses and pretend that you have no money?Do you know that it’s a sin before God to make your workers suffer and then refuse to pay them?
When you oppress people like Pharaoh did to the Israelite , they cry to The Lord and you cannot fight God . The people you are refusing to pay are God’s creation.
Stop being a tyrant in your Home, your work place , community and country at large.
God hates that and to those who may need more light on a word tyrant, here is the meaning :A tyrant (Greek τύραννος, tyrannos), in its modern English usage, is an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution, or one who has usurped legitimate sovereignty.
A tyrant usually controls almost everything, and is considered a ruler of horrible and oppressive character, even in spite of governing a free state according to just laws. The original Greek term, however, merely meant an authoritarian sovereign without reference to character, bearing no pejorative connotation during theArchaic and early Classical periods.
However, it was clearly a negative word to Plato, and on account of the decisive influence of philosophy on politics, its negative connotations only increased, continuing into the Hellenistic period.
Plato and Aristotle define a tyrant as “one who rules without law, looks to his own advantage rather than that of his subjects, and uses extreme and cruel tactics—against his own people as well as others”.
It is defined further in the Encyclopédie as an usurper of sovereign power who makes his subjects the victims of his passions and unjust desires, which he substitutes for laws. During the seventh and sixth centuries BC, tyranny was often looked upon as an intermediate stage between narrow oligarchy and more democratic forms of polity.
However, in the late fifth and fourth centuries BC, a new kind of tyrant, the military dictator, arose, specifically in Sicily.
Now let us read and hear what the Bible tells us in regard to our workers, be it at home, work place and other places.
Deuteronomy 24:14-15 “14 Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. 15 Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it.
Otherwise they may cry to the LORD against you, and you will be guilty of sin.
Job 7:1 “Do not mortals have hard service on earth?
Are not their days like those of hired laborers?NIV
Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?KJV
This is a servant who has been contracted to do a particular job for an agreed-upon sum ofmoney.
This servant has certain rights and responsibilities as per the terms of the contract[verbal or written]. You agreed and entered into a contractual relationship with your workers , they have rights and you gave them responsibilities to do. They have done their part , it’s wise you do your part.
Leviticus 19:13 – KJV13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.NIV 13 “‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbor.
“‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.
The Bond Servant is different with the hired servant. See below here, the meaning of a bond servant.
A servant is a servant who has no rights, no wages and has nowhere to appeal to. This is why theHebrews were forbidden to make bond-servants of their own race.
Leviticus 25:39-41 NIV. 39 “‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to you, do not make them work as slaves. 40 They are to be treated as hired workers or temporary residents among you; they are to work for you until the Year of Jubilee. 41 Then they and their children are to be released, and they will go back to their own clans and to the property of their ancestors.
KJV 39 And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bondservant:
40 But as an hired servant, and as a sojourner, he shall be with thee, and shall serve thee unto the year of jubile.
41 And then shall he depart from thee, both he and his children with him, and shall return unto his own family, and unto the possession of his fathers shall he return.
However, in the New Testament, the Greek word for the Lord Jesus Christ as a servant is not ‘the hired servant’ but ‘the bond servant’. Philippians 2:7
KJV 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
NIV rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[a] of a servant, being made in human likeness.
* If Jesus Christ who Himself is our King was a bond servant; then we, being His followers, are bond servants because Christianity means duplication of the life of Jesus Christ in us.
Thus, we are bond-servants, duplicates of the Bond Servant Jesus Christ. For He also said ‘ NO pupil is greater than his teacher’.
We are bond servants before The Lord Jesus Christ , and whenever we do the Work of God , we are to do it with all our hearts without demanding for money from people but look to God for the wages.
It is also wrong to start the Church for the sake of money .When you pray for people ,don’t ask them for money but let God reward you.
Before God we are all bond servants! Wrong is an idea to deprive poor people of their money and you buy yourself expensive cars ,houses and clothes.
Most of the time we want to be served , yet Jesus Christ came to serve and not to be served! We should stop selling Jesus , charging people money in exchange with Prophecy, prayer and others.
God wants us to reach to a point where our motives are pure! Where we are willing to take on extra work without Complaining for serving others.
Where we have the willingness not to be thanked, we always want to take the glory or credit,but that belongs to God!
Where we are not charging God with selfishness and having no ground for pride or self congratulation for whatever we do but, confess that whatever we do is unto the Glory of God.
Luke 17:7-10 NIV. 7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep.
Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
The Key to Servanthood – Philippians 2:5,7-8 KJV. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[a] of a servant, being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Having the mind of Christ – Philippians 2:3-4
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
•Emptying self from within us.
Humbling ourselves by being obedient to God as bond-servants.
The Measure of Servanthood . Servant-hood is measured in our willingness to take up lowly duties in our localities e.g. cleaning toilets. Servant-hood to God is equal to servant-hood to man.
Matthew 25:40 For our servant-hood to God will be seen in the way we serve other people, especially in lowly duties.
KJV40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.NIV 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
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