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Shaped to Serve: Characteristics of a Servant

Pastor Kevin Taylor

July 31, 2022


1. A Servant is Humble

10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” —Exodus 3:10-11

 

3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) —Numbers 12:3

 

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4

 

2. A Servant Never Gives Up

14 Then the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. — Exodus 32:14

 

32 But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”—Exodus 32:32

 

9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. — Galatians 6:9

3. A Servant Longs to Please the Master

17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” — Exodus 33:17

 

10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. — Galatians 1:10

 

9a So we make it our goal to please him — 2 Corinthians 5:9a

 

 

4. A Servant Chooses Suffering

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. —Hebrews 11:24-25

 

7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. —Philippians 2:7

 

21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. — 1 Peter 2:21

 

5. A Servant is Not Ashamed

26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. — Hebrews 11:26

 

38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” — Mark 8:38

 

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ — Matthew 25:23