“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).
The Galatian Christians locked horns with one another, and even the Apostle Paul, for many reasons. They questioned Paul’s authority, his character, and his beliefs. Then they attacked one another to the degree that Paul feared they would destroy one another:
“But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another” (Galatians 5:15).
When couples or families go at each other, they will not survive without proper intervention. They need spiritual intervention, and God has the right solution. Yesterday we explored the role of forgiveness. Today we look at attitude, or mindset. Who are we and what is our role? The Bible provides the answer:
“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1).
Who are we? We are servants of God. As such, we serve one another, but only in the role of God’s servant. When we fix our gaze on our heavenly Lord, we see perfection. When we look at people, we see imperfection. God’s call to salvation includes a call to service, especially in our relationships.
The world shuns this approach as demeaning and servile. But remember, we direct our service towards God. We serve God by helping others. The proper attitude in healthy relationships involves assisting and caring for others. When that attitude reigns, it transforms families, churches and workplaces. It inspires others to follow our example. It fuels sacrificial living and selfless efforts. The results cannot be calculated.
As we look homeward, we acknowledge the God-given roles He assigns in the home. We equally acknowledge the attitude of Christ, who came not to be served, but to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). He washed the disciples feet prior to His own crucifixion, and then taught them the need to wash one another’s feet (John 13:14-15).
Clearly it’s not enough to establish rank and privilege. We must all see our primary role in a relationship as a servant of God. Only then will we pivot to help others and serve in humility. Fathers must serve as fathers, mothers serve as mothers, and children serve as children. Let’s not forget the eternal words of Jesus, who said:
“The greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11).
Posted on Fri, June 16, 2017
by Diane Hultgren