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Characteristics of the servants of Jesus Christ

The servants of Jesus Christ are weighed according to the scale that the same Christ taught us. He is the only who knows in depth the hearts of men and is capable, without erring, of qualifying his servants. The Word of God gives us a faithful and true teaching on how to be and act as servants of Christ. Do we want to become servants of Christ? Then we should strive to live what the Word of God teaches:

 

 

  • A true servant of the Lord is exclusively his. This is an exclusive service, for “No one can be slave of two masters” (Mt 6:24). In other words: we can have only one Master who is Jesus Christ, and serve him. This does not mean that it is forbidden to us to act in temporal matters; on the contrary, we should do that, but under the guidance and the style of the Lord, never under the authority of the flesh, world or devil.
  • The servant of Christ seeks the will of his Master, in the manner our Lord did, nourishing himself from the food that remains for eternal life: “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me, and to complete his work” (Jn 4:34).
  • He goes renewing his mind in conformity with the Word of God, as to be able to say as Paul did: “But we are those who have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16).
  • The servants of Christ don’t live for themselves, but for their Lord who died for us: “His purpose in dying for all humanity was that those who live should live not any more for themselves but for him who died and was raised to life” (2 Cor 5:15).
  • The servant of Christ loses his old life to gain new life in Christ: “Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it” (Mt 16:25).
  • The servant of Christ is called to serve and not to be served, as Christ being who he was, did: “just as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many” (Mt 20:28).
  • The servant of Christ dies to self, because he gives himself up. Whoever is not able to die for self, is not able to wholeheartedly give himself to the service of humankind. Christ served to the end because he had been capable of loving to the very end.
  • The servant of Christ tries to please his Master above all: “Whom am I trying to convince now, human beings or God? Am I trying to please human beings? If I were still doing that I should not be a servant of Christ” (Gal 1:10). In some occasions to please God also pleases men, but in other occasions some men may not be pleased.
  • The servant of Christ is moved by love for God and neighbor. Without love, service is an activity in the flesh but not in the spirit, because the Spirit and love are inseparable. To serve only out of obligation, does not give glory to God, nor edifies the neighbor.
  • The servant of Christ cannot be proud, but on the contrary he should be humble, in imitation of the Lord. The Servant of the servants was “gentle and humble in the heart” (Mt 11:28).
  • The servant of the Lord remains always in the backstage, and tries to see that the Lord is in the limelight.
  • The final objectives of the servants of Christ are the same of those of Jesus Christ: the glory of God and the salvation of men.

 

 

 

 

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