“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:2).
For some people, lord is a person who has servants and uses them how he sees fit. However, from a biblical perspective, Lord denotes servant. This is the character of God and our Lord Jesus is the greatest servant. He is a Shepherd and a Keeper; He cares for His sheep and they honour and respect Him.
With this in mind, we must understand the importance of this attribute. Those who have the Spirit of the Lord have the spirit of servanthood. In other words, they have the same characteristics as the Lord Jesus.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45).
When we have the Holy spirit, we are willing to serve. We have pleasure in serving others, because we understand that ultimately it is about serving God. It is not about being served like the world teaches, but putting into practice what the Word of God teaches.
“Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.” (Ephesians 6:5 – 6).
To be true servants of God, we must have this spirit. Children must strive to respect their parents, wives should submit to their husbands, husband must care for their wives, etc. Think about it… Would a husband mistreat his wife if he considered her as the Church? Or will a wife disrespect her husband if she treated him like the Lord Jesus? When we serve others, we may not be serving Jesus directly but indirectly we are.
That’s why those who have the Spirit of the Lord have no problem in submitting to authority; they see God in everything and even respect their bosses at work irrespective of who they are. For some, having the spirit of servanthood can be seen as humiliating and degrading, but when we truly have the Holy Spirit, we consider it as a privilege.
Take the disciples for instance. When Jesus was washing their feet, they were shocked, because they didn’t expect Him to do so, but our Lord Jesus taught them a great lesson. (See John 3:1-17) Today, He is teaching us to do the same. We have to be ready to “wash one another’s feet” even when we think the other person doesn’t deserve. That means being willing to say sorry first, being patient with our family members, etc. The devil will always try to make us think that people will take advantage of us, but we must look to the Lord and follow His example.
Do you want to serve Jesus? Then remember His words: “…for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” (Matthew 25:35 – 36).
The work of the Holy Spirit today remains the same and He wants to equip you with the same capacity Jesus had, so that you can serve just like He did. We must always aim to do our best for Jesus wherever we are because when we are serving one another, we are serving Him and He promises to honour all those who are true servants of His.
“If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” (John 12:26).