Secrets of Service – Danny Dodd

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Note: I’ve been working through a lot of old files and, honestly, most of it I’m throwing away. But I still find jewels along the way that I want to keep and share. This is one of those. This is from the church bulletin entitled Good Tidings From Skyway Hills Church of Christ, November 11, 1990. Their minister at the time was Danny Dodd. Enjoy.

SECRETS OF SERVITUDE

Many call themselves “servants of God.” It has become kind of a catch phrase. it sounds impressive, like a title. I once even saw these words below a name on a business card! But mere words are just empty connected letters. The proof as they say is in the pudding. James and John could call themselves God’s servants, but they had to learn what it really meant (Matthew 20:20-27). By learning and listening to Christ they found out. So too can we. Christ is the author of the Book on servitude. In it we can find out the not-so-secret secrets of servitude. Are you God’s servant? If so, you will serve…

Even Without Being Asked. Christ asked no one if His death on the cross was needed. He knew our hopelessness and had the power and ability to do something to help us. He saw our great need and He filled it. Why can’t we do the same? Why do we think we must be asked first to serve? There are many areas of ministry just waiting for servants. Jump right in! See a need and fill it. Don’t wait to be asked. “Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).

And Expect Nothing In Return. Was Christ looking for a reward for dying? He had already left the splendor of heaven. His only motive was our sins. Sometimes those who call themselves God’s servants only serve when they will be served in return. A “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” attitude. This just does not wash with God. True Godly service is motivated out of love only. Whatever blessings come as a result of such service are just icing on the cake!

Without Any Prejudice. Peter said, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right” (Acts 10:34,35). Knowing this, who has the right to withhold Godly service to any person or group? A real servant knows nothing of color, social class, or political persuasion. They just know “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…” (Matthew 25:35ff).

In Humility. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus; Who being in the very nature of God…made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant … He humbled Himself” (Philippians 2:6-8). These words speak volumes. Christ was not after praise or recognition. He left that up to the Pharisees who served to be seen of men. Likewise a real servant is unconcerned about who gets the credit as long as God gets the glory!

Untiringly. “Let us not become weary in doing good” (Galatians 6:9a). God’s true servants never stop, never quit, never give up! They don’t become too old, or too busy, or too stressful, or too used up. They “mount up on wings as eagles” and untiringly serve and serve the Master. They realize “for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9b). Amen!

So the not-so-secret secrets are out! Use them to get in the shape of a true servant of God. Make them a real, lasting part of your life everyday. God can only use you as His servant in this way. Believe and live it. Your service is needed!

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Danny Dodd is currently the Senior Minister for the Levy Church of Christ in North Little Rock, AR. Occasionally he posts on his blog, Adventures in Preaching.