Remember Whose You Are
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we also share in his glory.” Romans 8:16-17
Growing up I lived in a suburb of Cleveland where both my grandfather and my father were business men. They were both highly respected and their standing in the community set the standard high for me and my siblings. Not only could we not get away with anything without our parents knowing about it but people expected us to exercise honesty, integrity and hard work because that is what our father and grandfather did. We also experienced the acceptance and favor that they both had among the community. When people realized who we belonged to, we experienced an acceptance that came because of our relationship to them.
When a person accepts the forgiveness of sin that Jesus has provided they are immediately made a child of God, a joint heir with Christ. We become empowered by God’s Spirit and we gain His authority over sin and the evil one. We no longer have to be a slave to sin, we no longer have to be manipulated by Satan. The problem is that we often do not live as if we are children of God, we do not exercise the authority He has provided to us. As God’s child, you have to start thinking like His child and living based on being the child of the Most High.
So what does all of this have to do with being a servant leader? To be a servant leader you have to trust that God has your best interests at heart, that He will bring glory out of whatever comes as you serve Him. Too often we struggle with serving others because of fear and distrust. If you are a child of God then you are trusting God to only allow those things into your life that will bring glory to Him and bring growth to your life. This does not mean that the things that come into your life as you serve others will be pleasant or painless but they will be what is best. Below is a list of things that Isaiah 61:1-3 states we are anointed to do as God’s children:
Preach good news to the poor
Bind up the broken hearted
Proclaim freedom to the captives
Proclaim the day of vengeance of our God
Comfort all who mourn
Provide for those who grieve
Bestow a crown of beauty instead of ashes
Bestow the oil of gladness instead of mourning
Bestow a garment of praise instead of despair
God has already provided these to us, it is time for us to go out in His anointing and serve others in the same way. Remember whose you are.