Each Readily Validates Almighty's Nurturing Truth (S.E.R.V.A.N.T)!”
Ramesh C. Reddy
"Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ
Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons. Grace and
peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
(Philippians 1:1-2, NIV)
Paul is writing this while he is chained in jail. When we realize that
and look to the contents of this letter, there is still so much joy. The
question is where does Paul get all this joy when he is locked at jail
in chains. Throughout the following days, I hope to look at the Book of
Today, I just decided to look at the phrase
'Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus!'
How do you introduce yourself to others?
I asked myself why is it so significant in the way Paul introduces himself
so significant and amazing that Paul introduces himself and Timothy here
'servants of Christ Jesus' because he
could have introduced himself as one who is trained thoroughly in
the Jewish law, an apostle of Jesus Christ, or even as a saint in
Christ Jesus. Yet, Paul acknowledges being a servant to the Lord
Jesus Christ, seeing Christ as his Master. It is important to
realize that servant and slave can be
used interchangeably at times.
I asked myself what are the roles of a servant/slave?
servant/slave should not make up his own rules but is asked to follow the
rules of His Master.
servant/slave is asked not cling to his own rights but give them up to be
obedient to the Master.
servant/slave is one who serves others before he serves himself.
4. A servant/slave is one who is submissive to the Master.
I asked myself why does Paul want to see himself as a servant and be a
servant of Jesus Christ?
is setting an example right away that he is one that does not want to
make up his own rules but wants to follow the rules of His Master, Jesus
Christ. He does not want to cling to his own rights but give them up to
be obedient to His Master, Jesus Christ. He wants to be one who serves
Jesus Christ before serving himself. Paul sees himself in submission to Christ, His Master no
matter what is happening in his life. He wanted to imitate Jesus Christ who came not to be served
but to serve and give His life as a ransom for humanity. Therefore, Paul
knows His allegiance belongs to Christ and following His example of
servitude. Jesus came back to life and saved Saul of Tarsus on his way
to Damascus so Saul changed his name to Paul and decided to become a
servant of Jesus Christ.
I asked myself what
are the implications for my own life?
Just as Paul, introduced himself
by his name and then as a 'servant of Jesus Christ',
I should not
hesitate to introduce myself as a 'servant of Jesus Christ'.
This has not been an easy thing to do for me. In so many areas, I
have always had leadership titles and aspired to leadership
positions. Years ago, when I resigned as a small group leader, I had
no leadership positions. This bothered me and I wanted to jump to
the next leadership position offered me but my pastor at the time,
Pastor Hugo reminded me that true leadership is not about the titles
or even positions we have, but it is about servanthood and serving.
So, he asked me whether I wanted to come alongside him and
serve in Vacation Bible School for the children. I decided to do VBS
for a week with Pastor Hugo playing the
role of Brutus, the soldier while he played the role of Paul.
Through the years, Pastor Hugo encouraged me to serve, serve, serve
without thinking about leadership positions. Since then, I
have had leadership positions but I saw them through the eyes of
servant leadership. Sadly, I still have a lot to learn. It
encourages me to read about Paul writing from jail as a servant of
Jesus Christ. He is setting an example for all of us to see
ourselves as a servant before a leader. The greatest leader is a
servant leader because they don't horde themselves over others.
I need to see myself as a servant to Christ and live my life as a
servant of Jesus Christ. Because if I am not a servant of Jesus
Christ, then I am a servant of Satan. There is no middle ground.
I ASK YOU NOW!
I ask you now dear friend, who will you be a S.E.R.V.A.N.T to in life?
friend, we are not used to thinking about ourselves as servants but want
to be leaders in all we do. But this verse should challenge our thinking
about ourselves and really see who we can be a servant too. First and
foremost, it has to start with Jesus.
we willing to see ourselves as a servant of Jesus Christ?
If so, then all our decisions and way of living should be lived out as a
servant of Jesus Christ, taking our commands and orders from Him, our
loving Master. When that happens, we will have the humility to be a
servant to our wives/husbands, and even children. A parent may seem
themselves as a leader of their children but what radical concept it is
for a parent to see themselves as a servant to their children serving
them. This is not to say that the children are their masters. No for
only Christ has to be the Master in every household where the husband
and wife serve the Lord and their family by serving one another in the
love of Christ. But servanthood should not be limited to just married
life but even in single life. We need the Lord's help to be true
servants of the Lord so we do not give into the flesh.
As a servant of Jesus Christ, ask yourself who can
you be a servant to this day?
Whose life can you touch by
We do not like to think about
being a servant to anybody because
we want to have our own freedom and do our own things. But the fact of the matter is
that each one is a servant. The question is whether we will be a servant
to Satan or servant to Christ! If we see ourselves as a
servant to Christ then we will want to be obedient to Christ and follow his
teachings. This in itself is because of God's abundant grace working in
our lives so we will not cling to our own rights or want to do what we
think is right from a human perspective but want to rather do
things from God's
perspective taking our standard from God's Word.
It is not about what we think is right
but what we know to be right.
Jesus came to serve and we should not do any less. We should have an
attitude of servitude towards others.
Jesus who became a servant to redeem
us will become our example to live a life of servitude to others.
Being a servant to Christ may not look appealing from the world's
standards but there is true joy there. Think of joy as Jesus first,
Others second, and Yourself last.
If we do not see ourselves as a
servant to Christ, then we will become a servant to Satan and
a servant to every sin that will hold us in bondage. When that
happens, we will be obedient to the lusts of the flesh and use
sin as an excuse to let it rule over us and be our master. In essence,
we will be allowing Satan to rule our daily activities. This is not
something anyone should choose. Lord, I don't want that, please
help me Lord!
"Walk in the Spirit and you will not
fulfill the lust of the flesh!"
When we decide to serve only ourselves
over others, we start ignoring the Lord's ways and seek our own ways
whether it has to do with academics, career, relationships, fun
activities, etc. We may even think we are serving the Lord but the
Lord looks at our motives. Friend, Satan is the father of lies and
can be so deceptive and lead you into deception. On the surface,
Satan will make you think what you are doing is not wrong but then
later, Satan will condemn you. Not so, with Jesus Christ. Jesus
loves you so much that when you become His servant, you will realize
it is better to be a servant to Jesus Christ than being a master of
your own fate and in essence being a servant to Satan. I don't want
that for you or me friend!
"But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it
desires to have you, but you must master it." (Genesis 4:7, NIV)
We do not want to give
Satan a foothold in our lives. If that happens, we will want to be
the master and everyone else to be our servants because we will be possessed
with our own desires. This is not the Way of the Master, Jesus Christ
who came to serve and give His life as a ransom to redeem humanity.
The battle should belong to the Lord and not to us. Just as Paul was
joyful serving Christ Jesus being the servant of Christ, we too can have
joy when we yield our lives over to the Master. Only when we follow the
Way of the Master will we be willing to impart peace and grace of the
Lord Jesus Christ in other people's lives. It starts with us and we need
to be right with the Lord Jesus asking Him to be the Master of our
The amazing thing is that when we are servants to Christ, we
are also seen as His children. Just because we are servants does
not mean we are not His children. Paul refers to Himself as a
servant of Christ Jesus but also sees himself as a child of God. If
we see ourselves as a child of God, we are also children of Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Savior. You have to read the New Testament to
understand the concept of 'servant' and 'children of God'
That can only happen when we realize that sin marred our
relationship with God and there is nothing we can do on our own to
be redeemed and saved if it were not for the sacrificial death of
the Lamb of God to save us. Jesus became a servant and died a
criminal's death on the cross even though He was perfect to save you
and me from the power and allure of sin. He shed His precious blood
for you and me to save us. That is exciting to know friend. You can
come as you are no matter where you have been or what you have done.
You can come to God through Jesus Christ who wants to be the Lord
and Savior of your life. Let Jesus be the Master of your life
friend. He who created you knows you so well and let Him guide you
friend so you can be a joyful servant to Christ Jesus.
Yes friend, now is the time of Salvation. You may have lived your life
for the lust of the flesh being a servant to sin but it does not have to be that way. No
friend, you can have Jesus Christ change you and transform you by the
Power of His Love and He will friend. Yes, He will! You will slowly be
transformed by His grace which is a process, for sanctification in
Christ is a process. It can only happen when we yield our lives to
Christ who justified us by His grace. May you serve Lord always
Each Readily Validates Almighty's Nurturing Truth (S.E.R.V.A.N.T)!”/Who
will you be a S.E.R.V.A.N.T to in life?"
Jesus, thank you that you are our Master. Thank you how much you
love us and care for us. We are forever in your care. Lord you want
us to be servants as you became a servant though you are God. Help
us to live our lives in such a way that we will be seen as your
servants Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord you also see us as saints
and we are your children. We come to you with all our flaws and ask
you to forgive us please Lord. Please deliver us from being slaves to the sin that binds
us and the enemy whose main desire is to keep us away from serving you.
Protect us in the shadow of your wings. Thank you Lord we can be delivered from anything in your perfect
timing. Lord, we also know that there are areas in our life that we will
have to endure through until we see you face to face but we thank you
that you can give us the strength to go on and a way out against
temptations. We thank you that when it comes to sin, we need not live in
it because through your Holy Spirit working in us, you will help us.
Thank you so much Jesus! We acknowledge you as our Lord and Personal
Savior and ask you to be the Master of our lives. Please take away
all our sin and cleanse us with your precious cleansing blood to
give us new life. Help Oh Lord please. Thank you so much Jesus for
being part of our life and that you have heard our prayers and
answered us. In Your
Name We Pray Jesus! Amen!
May you be touched by the Lord's presence and share the Gospel of
Jesus Christ as you yourself bask in the loving Arms of love of our
Savior. We cannot give anything or spread the Good News of Christ unless
we have personally seen and experienced His love in our own life.
We will only be excited to share or spread any news if it makes an
impact in our own life for that is human tendency so may you be impacted
by Jesus Christ in your own life that you cannot keep Jesus to yourself
but have the urge and desire to keep spreading Jesus.
May you all continue to have a MERRY CHRISTMAS SEASON and a HAPPY NEW
Dear Lord Jesus, it touches me so much when I see the
original candy cane and what it means. Thank you Jesus for being my
Good Shepherd and guiding me by your staff. It is so cool the candy
cane is in the shape of a 'J' to remind us of you. Not only that but
the white coating reminds me of your purity. You who had no sin
became sin for us that we may attain the righteousness of God. The
red stripes represent your blood shed to cleanse us of all of our
sins. The tiny stripes represent the Trinity. We love you Lord and
need you. Thank you for being their for us and being our sweet
Savior! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
Lord Jesus, You are
my all in all. You are my Prince of Peace, Rock, Savior, and Friend. You
are my Holy Father guiding me through to live a life of righteousness,
holy righteousness. Oh God, I need you more than ever. I need to feel
your hands around me holding me tight. I need your love to surround me
so that you can glow in my life. Help me please Jesus. I desire in your
presence. Thank you for guiding me to live a life of righteousness. Oh
God you love me more than ever. You hear my voice when I cry out to you.
When I seek your face, you fill me up. You are my all in all. Thank you
Jesus so much for your help no matter what I face, your grace is
available and you take my case. Thank you for hearing us and answering
us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN! (Most of the prayer is from a
vineyard song called “All in All”)
If you would like to
invite Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him a daily part of your
life, you can this very moment. You will never be alone. You can claim
God's promises for you in the Bible and see them come true, before your
eyes, in His wonderful timing. You don't have to wait for a special time
to come to the Lord. You can come right now as you pray the prayer
below, meaning it in your heart.
God I am a sinner. I am invaded by this deadliest virus. Many times I
feel so guilty and yucky inside. I need forgiveness. I am so sorry for
my sins. I have not obeyed you with my whole heart! I have gone my own
way and done my own things. I struggle with sin. I need you Jesus
in my life so I can receive forgiveness and a new beginning. In the
process, I can forgive others as you help me to. Thank you so much
Jesus. I accept the antidote you have sent me. I believe Jesus you died
for me and your cleansing blood will cleanse me from all my sins. You
came back to life to save me. Thank you God I am set free, free from the
bondage of sin. Hear my cry Oh Lord. I accept you Jesus into my heart. I
make you my Lord and Personal Savior of my life. Thank you Father God
for giving me Salvation. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart and
making my heart your home. Thank you for living in me Jesus and I will
live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you
for being my Lord and personal Savior! I can live a life of peace with
you on my side. Thank you that you have heard my prayer and answered me!
In your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN!
No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come
in and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong
with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a
friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in
His Word reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to
heal you and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark
before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show
you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important
to be part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a
Bible believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to
Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who
brings us hope, healing, and help!
No matter who you are, it is not ever too
late to join a Bible-believing church or a college fellowship. I highly
encourage each of you to come to Small Group on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Oakland International Fellowship on Sunday
mornings at 9:00 a.m. for prayer, 10:00 a.m. for Community Bible Time in
Gospel of John, worship at 11:30 a.m, and fellowship lunch at 12:30 pm.
May the Lord's presence and peace fill you
with His love now and forever! Amen!
Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you
are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and
everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but don’t
base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of
our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!
Feel free to email me at
if you want to meet
to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever
is on your mind! My number is 412-641-9426
"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty
energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)
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