Her life was not her own.  That is the first thing we learn about Hagar.  She had been bought with a price and she belonged to someone else.

Abram’s wife Sarai had not borne any children for him, but she owned an Egyptian slave named Hagar. Genesis 16:1 HCSB

Doesn’t that upset you just a little?  Hagar was a slave.  She was owned and controlled by someone else.

What does it mean to live the life of a servant?  The truth may be a bit difficult to swallow, but our lives are not our own.  We have been bought with a price and given the command to serve.  Our calling, however, is not just to serve God.  Oh, we are definitely to do that.  Yet, the even more difficult part…we are to serve our fellow man.

Servanthood is not a popular topic.  Self-esteem, self-made success, self-awareness…we live in a very self centered world.

I’m working on a project about modern servanthood and not because I have it figured out.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  I’m desperate to learn it for myself.  I’m desperate to serve and to do so with the proper heart.

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
~Mother Teresa

4 thoughts on “Servanthood

  1. I know that God wants me to serve him, but I never have been able to figure out what that looks like for me. I struggle with insecurity. Whenever opportunities to serve in some way I automatically think I’m not good enough or able to do that. I’m so afraid of failing. I guess that goes along with what you were saying about how self-centered we are. Thanks for this post.

    • Hi, Robin

      You’re no different from me and so many others that struggle with insecurity. Remember Moses? (Exodus 4:1-5, 10-15). Although Moses’ fear angered God, God still made provisions to calm Moses (using his brother, Aaron). He will do the same for you, just as He’s done for me and so many others. Be encouraged!

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