Simple Living: The Relief of Servanthood

“I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven.”
–A.W. Tozer

Last at bat, I talked about placing ourselves in a posture of servanthood as we go about the King’s business (see post here). God is King and we are simply His servants whose task is to please and serve Him. I find that it brings me great joy and peace to see myself in these simple terms: a servant of a Great King. I don’t worry about life as much as I used to. In fact, a lot of fears, worries, and pressures simply melt away in light of knowing that God is King and I am His servant. Here are some things that simply melt away as we place ourselves in a posture of servanthood to a Great King.

Pressures to be successful.

There’s a lot of pressure to be successful in the world’s eyes whether it’s brought upon by media or advertising or comparing ourselves to others. As a servant of a Great King, I don’t have to be pressured to be successful as measured by the world’s standards. Success as a servant is no longer defined by an outstanding career or a high reputation or material wealth. That kind of stuff really doesn’t matter anymore in light of God’s Kingship. Success as a servant is now defined by faithful obedience to God’s desires through the power of the Holy Spirit and knowing that if we fail, Christ has already redeemed us. We can now quietly go about our days serving our King and pleasing Him in any and every way He desires.

Worries about daily provisions.

What about our daily needs? Will God provide if we follow Him completely as a servant? Since the King is the one who assigns us our duties, we can rest assured that He, Himself, will provide sustenance for His servants. Not only will our King provide us with our daily bread but He will also provide us with whatever we need to accomplish the tasks He has assigned to us. As we go about the King’s business, we can be assured that we are under the protection and provision of a Great King. The Apostle Paul described God in this way to the people of Athens: “[God] himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:25, ESV). There’s no need to worry about our daily provisions because the King owns it all and we can trust Him to give us life, breath, and everything in between.

Fears about the future.

As servants of a Great King, we don’t have to worry about the future. In fact, the future is in the King’s hands. He sees it. He knows it. He is sovereign over it. Our task as servants is to simply be faithful to our King, day in and day out. We are responsible for the tasks that He has assigned us today. And so if Christ returns or calls us home tomorrow, we should be all the more joyful for it. But we shouldn’t worry too much about tomorrow. There are enough things for us to contemplate on today (see Matthew 6:34).

It’s a great relief to simply know that I am a servant of a Great King. And as I’ve mentioned, a lot of fears, worries, and pressures simply melt away in light of serving a Great King.