Servant of God; September 20, 2019


Psalm 119:125 I am your servant; give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes.

This should be the declaration and prayer of every Christian. We delight, rightly enough, in being children of God, (John 1:12-13) but we tend to act like spoiled brats rather than the obedient, responsible children any parent would be proud of. Reading through the Bible, there are few if any more glorious titles than “Servant of God!” It is something every believer should aspire to. That said, a servant needs instructions, and we can be very dense. As Paul said, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14) When we read God’s Instruction Manual, otherwise known as the Bible, we need the guidance and explanation of the Author, the Holy Spirit. The Psalmist here didn’t seem to know much about the Spirit, but it is through the Spirit that we receive the enlightenment he sought. When we desire to be filled with the Spirit so that we will be more accurate and immediate in obeying God, He delights to answer our prayers! Again quoting Paul, “Our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6) On our own, we will blow every assignment given to us. It is when we submit ourselves to God and His Spirit that we are enabled to live and act as His servants indeed.

This is something I am convinced of more and more as time goes on. I have had some notable failures trying to do things on my own! However, I have also seen the glory of God manifested through my obedience to Him. As God made clear to me several years ago now, He’s smart and I’m not. When I try to figure things out on my own, I miss the mark by a wide margin. (And “missing the mark” is one of the Biblical definitions for sin.) It is only when I am listening humbly to Him that I get things right. I genuinely desire to be His servant, doing His will exactly as He desires, but my flesh is very adept at getting in the way. Again as He has told me, I need to rest, relax, and rejoice, knowing that my striving isn’t going to get the job done. Rather, I am to listen carefully and respond immediately, whether I know the why of it or not. That in turn will open me up ever more fully to the flow of the Spirit through me, in a glorious cycle, and that is the desire of my heart.

Father, thank You for this clear reminder. Thank You for the message You’re building in my heart for Sunday. I pray that I would indeed deliver it as You intend, so that Your Word may do its full work in the hearts and lives of all who hear, for their deliverance and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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