We have all been called to be a servant of the Most High God. Generally when we are asked “So what do you do?” we respond saying, I’m a postman, I’m a physician I’m a housewife or I’m an aerospace engineer. It’s amazing how much of our personal identity is wrapped up in the tasks God allows us to perform for him every day. Our real identity and significance is found, of course, in our relationship to Christ.
This phrase,” servant of the Most High God,” has been ringing in my head all day. I’ve learned in the last few months it is a sign that the Spirit wants me to think and write about that topic. Scripture is always where I begin any search. This phrase appears twice in my NASB:
Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the midst of the fire. (Dan. 3: 26 NASB)
Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” (Acts 16: 17 NASB)
Here are a couple quick observations:
- Only the servants of the evil one use this phrase. (King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and the servant girl possessed with the spirit of divination. She was from from Philippi)
- These secular persons are able to clearly see who is a servant of God.
- Both uses of this phrase accompany divine protection. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were saved from the fiery furnace. Paul and Silas were saved from their prison cell during an earthquake.
- Both instances involve acts of mild civil disobedience on the part of the God-fearing men. Paul and Silas cast out a demon and then sing Praise songs in prison. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego disobey Nebuchadnezzar to his face and refuse to bow to his gold statue, which is a fore-shadow of the Abomination that causes Desolation.
It appears this title is among the highest compliments we could be paid by the world.
The Greek word translated “servant” in Acts 16 is doulos meaning slave or one who gives himself up to another’s will. We have already seen this word used in the Parable of the Faithful and Evil Slaves (doulos) and the Parable of the Talents. This word occurs 126 times in the New Testament alone. Here are a few of these uses that help the world identify his servants:
Whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave (Matt. 20:27 NASB)
We must be servants of all of God’s household.
And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come (Matt. 22:3 NASB)
We are to invite the world to his wedding feast.
Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his [b]master finds so doing when he comes. (Matt. 24:45-46 NASB)
We are to be Joseph preparing to provide for the master’s household in the end-times.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matt. 25: 21 NASB)
We are to be faithful in whatever God entrusts us. It will probably be little at first. It is a test to see if we can handle the little first.
So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done. (Luke 17:10 NASB)
We are to do more than we were commanded. We are to love and serve God faithfully and creatively!
I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification (Romans 6:19 NASB)
We are to devote our fleshly bodies to righteousness.
Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. (Gal. 4: 7 NASB)
Slaves of Christ are given the rights to be Sons of God.
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim. 2:24-25 NASB)
We are to be gentle of spirit.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place. (Rev. 1:1 NASB)
We are to be alert and watchful for the signs of his coming.
There appears to be protection and the provision of God’s power in being recognized as servants of the Most High God. Nebuchadnezzar issued a proclamation praising God after he recognized God’s servants. The jailer and his family all came to faith after Paul and Silas were delivered. As we are now in the end-times we will need God’s protection and power. Let us all strive to be recognized by the world as a servant of the Most High God!