How to Be a Great Servant of God


     How can I be a great servant of God? How can I be God’s kind of elder in the church of the Lord? How can I be an evangelist that will bring honor to the Master? How can I be a godly deacon in the church of our Lord? How can I be the Christian God wants me to be? How can I be a strong Bible class teacher? These questions are all answered by three simple but amazing statements found in James chapter four.


      Submit to God: "Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7) The idea is that of unconditional surrender to the Almighty. We must get ourselves "in rank" with God and with the faithful people of God. It is impossible to submit both to God and Satan! None can serve two masters. (Matthew 6:24) Joy, peace, usefulness and real hope are found only through our submitting to God. Those that wish to be great servants of God must, "Submit to God."


      Draw near to God: "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." (James 4:8) The idea of nearness to God involves "likeness" to God. When we sing of being "More like the Master" or being "Nearer my God to thee" we are in fact singing the same sentiments. To be more like the Master is to be nearer the Master. Those that wish to be great servants of God must, "Draw near to God."


      Humble yourself before God: "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up." (James 4:10) When we empty our­selves of pride and haughtiness of heart then we can become useful in God's kingdom. Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” If you wish to be a great servant of God you must, "Humble yourself before God."


      Follow God's instructions to greatness in His kingdom -- (1) Submit yourselves to God; (2) Draw near to God; and (3) Humble yourself before God.


      If you are not a Christian obey the gospel of Christ now. Hear God's message (Romans 10:17), believe in Christ (John 8:24), repent of sins (Luke 13:3), confess Christ as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized for remission of sins. (Acts 2:38) When you follow these instructions the Lord will save you. As a saved person serve Christ with all of your being. In Christ life can be rich, full and meaningful.


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P. O. Box 551, Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA