You are My Servant
1. [v.1-5] Servant to Master: “The LORD called me…”
A.[v.1-3] Equipped for the Master: “He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me”
B.[v.4-5] Strengthened by the Master to Overcome Discouragement: “ ‘I have labored in vain… yet surely my right is with the LORD… my God has become my strength”
2. [v.6-7] Master to Servant: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant…”
A.[v.6] The Mission to His Divine Servant: “I will make you as a light for the nations… may reach to the end of the earth”
B.[v.7] The Worship of His Chosen Servant: “they shall prostrate themselves… the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you”
You are My Servant
Pause & Reflect
1 Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.
2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away.
3 And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
4 But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.”
5 And now the Lord says,
he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength--
6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
7 Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:5-7)
But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. (Luke 22:26)
And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12)
If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. (John 12:26)
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (Romans 12:11)
Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:24)
The central truth of this word was –
You are servants, not kings. The sin within us will always take the position of kings. Yet if even the King of kings took the position of a servant, how much more should we? A servant has no rights except what the Master grants. A servant has no identity except who he/she belongs to – which Master has ownership. A servant does back-bending work day and night without complaint at the Master’s instruction. Every good and faithful servant is rewarded (Matthew 25:14-30), not by their work but by His grace (Matthew 18:21-35). Blessed are the servants who stay awake (Luke 12:35-48)! Blessed are the servants who say they are unworthy and have only done their duty (Luke 17:7-10). Are you His servant, or are you still your own king?
– *How has the LORD spoken to you today through this?
Holy Spirit Moment
Take a moment to invite the Holy Spirit to fill you, and pray.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18)
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7)