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“The Heart of a Servant” 

By Bill Mills


“Let each of you regard one another as more important than himself.”  Phi. 2:3


In the midst of a world where people casually destroy one another for the sake of position, God speaks words that are almost too much to believe!  Instead of using each other to gain for ourselves, we are to give ourselves up for one another.  Most of us would sell ourselves cheaply for even a few moments of importance, and now God is talking about looking at one another as more important than ourselves.


How in the midst of this world, with all of our hearts turned inward, with all of our instincts growing out of a depraved mind and heart, can God teach us to live this way?  By means of God’s greatest miracle, the new creation, He transforms our hearts and our relationships!  His Son becomes both the pattern and the power for this new way of life.  Paul continues his teaching to the Philippians:


“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.”  Phil. 2:4-7


Jesus Christ, the Son of God, with all of His infinite power and position, all of His righteousness and glory, His eternal resources, became a man, He took on the form of a bond-servant and submitted to death on the cross.  Willingly, the lowest form of man, the death of a common criminal. Christ was a servant to that degree, and God wants that attitude to characterize our lives also.  He tells us that our relationships will be transformed (Phil. 2:1-4) as we learn to respond in this way.


We talk so much in Christianity about giving our heart to Christ.  That is a beautiful statement and has much truth in it.  But we must realize that the Christian life has far more to do with Christ giving His heart to us than us giving our heart to Him.  The very process of discipleship is one of God building into us a heart like His own.  And we must make no mistake about it; when God gives His heart to us, it will be the heart of a servant.  No only our life, but all of our relationships will be transformed by His heart.


Can you see how invalid this way of life would be?  Picture with me a husband and wife whose relationship together has been built on competition, as the world teaches them how to live.  Now they try to out do each other in being one another’s servant.  Instead of trying to look better, they now try to get their partner to look better.  Instead of seeking to manipulate their partner to do something for them, they seek to give themselves up for their partner.  This

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