“Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,”
Not one time in all of the Scriptures is Moses called a great man of God, but twenty-two times he is called “the servant of the LORD.” It is interesting that though man may call Moses great, those who knew him best called him a servant. Moses’ greatness was not his greatness, but his greatness was in his service.
When you look at how Moses is mentioned and remembered by those around him, you find that he was not about himself, but he was about pleasing the LORD. Is that not what a servant does? Everything Moses did was for the LORD’s sake. He did nothing that had to do with his agenda or name, but he did everything for the cause and name of the LORD. Herein is the greatness of Moses in that he would rather be a servant than a king. He would rather let others lead than lead himself. He only led because, as a servant, that is what the LORD wanted him to do.
The one thing you should desire to be known for when you die is that you were a servant of the LORD. People often ask me why we lack great leaders in Christianity, and my answer is that we lack servants of the LORD. If every person took on a servant’s attitude, God could produce great leaders whose agenda was to please the LORD. The jockeying for position would not be a part of Christianity if people decided to be like Moses and simply be a servant of the LORD. There are a couple of things that Moses’ life displays that every Christian should mimic.
First, your life is not about you. Moses knew that life wasn’t about him or what he wanted, and you would be wise to embrace this mentality for yourself. The world’s mentality pushes that we must push ourselves if we want to get somewhere in life, but that mentality directly contradicts the Scriptures. My friend, God gave you life to serve Him. Life should never be about what you want and how much you get, but it should be about doing the LORD’s will and pleasing Him.
Second, don’t make life about position, but make it about service. The greatest mistake many people make is that they make position the greatest thing one can obtain. The greatest thing anyone can achieve is to be a servant. The greatness of Moses was not the position of leadership, but the service to His LORD. If you become known as the servant of the LORD, you will have attained the greatest achievement of life. Life should never be how high you have climbed the title ladder, but how much you have served the LORD. It is when you take position out of your mentality and embrace the life of a servant that God can trust you with position.
Third, when your life becomes the servant’s life, your life will enjoy the relationships you have to their fullest. One reason any relationship suffers is because someone forgot to serve the other. Your marriage relationship will be enjoyed the greatest when each spouse becomes a servant to each other. The parent/child relationship will be enjoyed to the fullest when each person makes serving the other their goal. No matter what relationship you bring to mind, it will benefit the greatest when the goal in that relationship is to serve the other. The greatest person is not the one who achieves the highest position, but the greatest person is the one who serves the most.