Apostolic Servanthood

Posted: October 26, 2013 in Foundation on Apostle/ Apostolic, Leadership

First of all, Jesus was an Apostle, sent by the Father God.

Hebrews 3:1 said, “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession..”

Luke 4:43 – Jesus said, “I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.”

Besides all His apostolic calling, pioneering present truths, travelling around preaching the Kingdom of God, making disciples, doing many signs and wonders, healing and miracles in His days, Jesus lived a life of Servanthood in His days. Apostles are servant in characters.

Jesus emptied Himself (made Himself no reputation, made Himself nothing), and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: he humbled himself in obedience (to God) and died (a criminal’s death) on a cross. Philippians 2:7 –8

We know that Jesus was the Son of God, everything the Father got in Heaven and on earth belong to him from the beginning. He got everything in Heaven and on earth, everything literally belong to Him. When Jesus came to the earth, the earth was expecting the King to come in great ways, but then unexpectedly Jesus came in the form of ways not expected, He was born in a manger, “manger” – that’s the bowl or plate where animal foods are fed, he grew up in the carpenter’s home, grew up as an orphan on earth, died on the cross like the most worst sinner.

He was not born in a King’s palace or a hospital, he was born in a manger, he came to earth in the generation where there were no internet, there were no technologies, He didn’t have any great degrees, He didn’t have any Doctorate degrees or any other degrees like today’s youth, He came to this earth in the generation where there were no electric power, where there were no vehicles to travel around, Jesus live a life of brokenness.

He must have poops in the forest where he travelled or poops in the mountains, he travelled with one of the lowest people of their days, Peter, John, Andrew, Matthew, etc..

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:43)

Jesus chose these people, travelled around the cities, towns and villages with these unschooled ordinary men, fishermen, and Jesus chose Matthew the tax collector as one of His Apostle by the will of God, tax collectors were regarded as sinners and were despised in those days.

Argument over Greatness:

“Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” – Jesus Christ (Mark 9:33)
One day the disciples of Jesus Christ were arguing about “Who was the Greatest among them?”, this is the way Jesus taught His 12 disciples.

Mark 9:33-37

Verse 33 – Sitting down, Jesus called the twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to befirst must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

Verse 34-35 – He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” – Jesus Christ (Matt 20:26 NIV)
“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant” – Jesus Christ (Matt 20:26 NLT)

The Apostle Paul put it this way “Apostles last of all”:-

1 Corinthians 4:9-13
For it seems to me that God has put us apostles last of all, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.

Servants of God:

The Apostle Peter and some few other Apostles were professional fishermen, they left their boats and their businesses, Matthew left his Government job as tax collector and followed Jesus as Jesus called them to follow him, they don’t know where they were going, they don’t know how their provision would come, they left their businesses and works, they gave their lives and sacrifice their lives, they even died for their Lord Jesus. They were not perfect as we saw in the Bible, but till their last breath they were faithful and serve their Lord Jesus Christ.

When the Apostle Paul and Apostle Peter addressed themselves, they often addressed themselves as “Servant of God and Apostle of Jesus Christ” or “A servant and Apostle of Jesus Christ”. Sometimes Paul would even addressed himself as “prisoner of Christ Jesus”. Even the Apostle John, when he wrote the book of revelation, he addressed himself as “his servant John”. They knew they were servants.

Acts 4:19-20 – They called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge;

Acts 5:29 – Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army said that  “The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.”

– David Chawngthu

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