By teaching and example the Scriptures call on those who would be disciples to be Christ’s servants.
When we act like servants, people notice. When we were ministering in one city six men we were discipling climbed onto my roof and cleaned the leaves from the gutters. My neighbor asked, “Where do you get these people to do your work?” When I told him they were in a Christian training program that emphasized service, he went away shaking his head. When the same men later climbed onto my neighbor’s roof to do the same for him, his heart was opened to the Gospel like never before. That’s servanthood!
Servanthood is intensely practical. Here are some other suggestions:
Do menial tasks. This is one of the hardest things to teach in Western society. Even the well-educated and successful should learn to serve at a practical level.
Be available. A household servant must be available when the master calls. The Christian servant must also be available—to God and others.
Be observant. A servant is alert to the needs of others and takes initiative to do whatever needs to be done.
Do more than you’re asked. In our clock-watching society, people do just what they are asked to do, nothing more. A true servant does what he is supposed to do—and more.