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A Servants Heart

on June 15, 2011

The Heart and Mind of A Servant

 

  All families are a social group that must learn together to get along, care for each other and serve one another. The family is God’s plan for each of us. A place where we learn how to serve one another as Jesus served.

Designating jobs or chores to family members helps to reinforce that structure and teach family members the lessons of servanthood. New challenges are a great way to help met the way of keeping house and organizing.

I personally believe, that early on in their life, a child should have two things introduced to him. The first is the Name – Person of Jesus Christ and His Word. The second are the lessons of servanthood. One of those ways that we can teach serveanthood is by having assigned duties in the home. By doing chores/assigned duties, the child is learning the foundation of servanthood for his brothers and sisters, Mother and Father, and community!

Until we have an understanding of the Servant Mindset, and the example of Jesus as the Humble Servant, we cannot begin to understand the necessity of teaching our children at this early tender age about being a servant. Having the servant mind of Christ allows God to work in our lives and through our lives in mighty ways. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5.
Jesus…”made himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant” Philippians 2:7.

The three qualities that are most necessary for a servant mind are these three that we see in Jesus; submission, lowliness, and willingness. However, there are 14 characteristics of the Servant Mind as exhibited by Jesus. These are few from the book The Mind of Christ by T.W. Hunt.

  • · Obedient
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  • · Willing
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  • · Loyal
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  • · Faithful
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  • · Watchful
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  • · Courageous
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  • · Not Quarrelsome
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  • · Gentle
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  • · Able to Teach
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  • · Patient
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  • · Meek
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  • · Good
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Looking at this list you may first declare that we frail humans can never accomplish them in this life. However, remember that you have the Mind of Christ, and His mind will accomplish these in you if you are willing. These are the characteristics which can be laid out as a foundation in our children’s day to day life.

When they arrive at a point of accountability to God and begin to live a life in Christ, they will already have the benefit of being taught Christ-like behavior and thought. With the understanding of why you are assigning chores to your children, to teach them the Christ-like mind of a servant, you can now begin to exhort and encourage them in their daily tasks instead of driving them and scolding.

Discipline is necessary, and often the child must suffer the consequences of his wrong behavior. However, we are to train them to be a servant by exhortation, example and encouragement. Prov. 22:6 ~ “Train up a child in the way he/she should go, and when he is old he/she will not turn from  it.”

So cheer them on, and tell them how pleased you are with their service. Work with them, side by side and show them how to do a task. One day they will be our fellow servants in the King’s service!

 

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