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The Servant Shall Be Exalted

Isaiah is considered among the greatest of the Old Testament prophets because of his many predictions of the Messiah. For instance, you’ve probably heard this one during the Christmas season:

­For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

What most people don’t notice is that Isaiah uses the word servant several times to describe the nature of Jesus’ earthly ministry. For example, He wrote, “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights!” and “Behold, My Servant… shall be exalted and extolled and be very high” (42:1; 52:13).

Jesus was the son of God, yet he was the ultimate servant. Perhaps my favorite verse about our Lord is Matthew 20:28: “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” One thing that touches my heart about this truth is that it is written in the book of Matthew. And Matthew is the Gospel that also most exalts Jesus, as Messiah, the King! And yet we read that serving was a strong quality in King Jesus’ life—a priority and a way of life for Him.

The Bible tells us that Jesus, very early in His ministry, was “tempted by the devil” (Matthew 4:1-11). With each temptation, Jesus resisted Satan by quoting Scripture. Satan’s last enticement was a trade-off of power and glory if Jesus would fall down and worship Satan. Jesus replied to the devil, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve” (verse 10).

For most women, the role of serving others is a given. If you’re married, you have a husband to serve and care for. If you have children, well, add them to your list of those whom you serve. And don’t forget your parents and in-laws… and on and on your list goes!

It’s easy to get distracted in the course of helping others. But if you’re not careful, your service can become focused on people. Then one day, you realize you’ve forgotten about your call to serve God. Jesus spoke to this priority when He said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment” (22:37-38). Lov­ing and serving God first, is the most important thing a Christian can do.

As you consider the character quality of service, give praise to God that Jesus, the Messiah, the Savior of the World, came first as a lowly servant. Then open your heart and behold how the greatest man—and servant—who ever lived modeled what it means to serve and sacrifice.

Something to Consider:
As a believer in Christ, each and every day gives an opportunity to love the Lord with all your heart. But, especially in these weeks before Easter take time to read again story of His servant-hood and sacrifice for you in Luke 22, 23, 24.

Please read my book A Woman Who Reflects the Heart of Jesus for more insight and encouragement in choosing to be a woman of God.

Read The Servant Shall Be Exalted on Elizabeth & Jim George.

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