Simple Living: A Servant of a Great King

“I would rather be a servant in the House of the Lord than to sit in the seats of the mighty.”
–Alben W. Barkley, former U.S. Vice President

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on who God is and who I am in relation to Him. One of the vivid images that often comes to mind that helps describe my relationship with God is that of King and servant. God is a Great King and I am simply a servant of this Great King. The image helps me frame my life in very simple terms. The goal of my life then becomes to please and serve my King in any and every way He desires. If my King wants me to go in one particular direction, I head in that direction. If He tells me to go another, it becomes my pleasure to serve my King by going in that other direction. My life can be simply characterized as one act of obedience after another to my Great King.

Every morning, I try to place myself in a posture of servanthood. I remind myself that God is King and that I am here to serve my King this very day. Whatever the King wants done, it becomes my responsibility to faithfully accomplish it. And so each day, I find that God assigns me my work to do. That work may include meeting with somebody over coffee, mentoring, checking up on a person, giving a word of encouragement, writing, delivering a sermon, and many other tasks that the Lord may have in store for me. My job is simply to be faithful to His leading and prompting through the Holy Spirit. I easily visualize myself as a servant who is simply going about my King’s business. I am a servant who is looking after the affairs of my King who has assigned me my place and lot in life.

This connects really well to the idea of "living in the moment" (see post here). In that post, I mentioned that I simply want to be faithful to God day by day, hour by hour, and moment by moment.  And I concretely live that way now by being a faithful servant whose sole desire is to please and serve his King without question or objection.

I find it to be a great relief knowing that I am simply a servant of a Great King. In the next post, I’m going to talk about why it brings me such joy and peace in life to simply be a servant who is embarking on the King’s business.