Servant of God

The Servant of God Series is a collection of six narratives. They define what it means to be a servant and suggest some ways to be a servant of God.

The word “servant” in English implies that a person has a choice whether to be a servant and whether to obey orders. Voluntary, options, choices.

The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek. The words translated as “servant” in English originally meant “slave”. Involuntary, no options, no choices.

Because the word “slave” has so many horribly negative connotations in the modern world, most Bible translators choose servant or bond servant as the words to use.

Whichever English word is used in your Bible, the important point to remember is that God’s people are completed dedicated to him. Voluntary, but complete, obedience. Because they love God, they choose to follow his Word exactly.


One of the quickest ways to choose how you can serve God is to clearly ascertain the resources God has already provided you, and be imaginative in the ways they can be used.

Some of God’s resources are common to everyone: twenty-four hours every day, the Bible, churches, prayer, and an unending number of people who have a wide variety of needs. Other resources are available to almost everyone in most countries: safe travel, the Internet, social media, food and water, reliable mail systems and public schools. If you had only these types of resources, you would never run out of ways to serve God and the people around you.

You have another bundle of resources specific to you. Only you have your experiences, talents, relationships, sleep patterns, knowledge and emotions. These qualify you to serve God and people in ways only you can do.

It’s easy to look at the major cast of characters in the Bible and conclude God typically chooses special people with special resources to serve him. But, if you look carefully, you will see there are many more people in the Bible who served God with little fanfare. Look at the end of the book of Romans, in Chapter 16, to see just some of the people that Paul points out as his co-servants of God: Phoebe, Priscilla, Aquila, Epenetus, Mary, Andronicus, Junia, , Ampliatus, Urbanus, Stachys, Apelles, Aristobulus, Herodion, Narcissus, Tryphena, Tryphosa, Persis, and eleven others listed by name.

Primary Scriptures:
Exodus 3
Story Summary:
Using the resources God has provided you
1500 BC