Why “i am servant”?

filed under: Miscellaneous on November 2, 2011

I am guessing you are here because the phrase “I am servant” caught your attention.  Who in their right mind would want to celebrate being a servant?

It seems that the word “servant” has a negative connotation.

Lesser people serve, greater people are served.

Well, at least that’s how I saw it.

I was wrong.

I took me a long time to realize that I would be the happiest in my life when I was, in fact, serving.

More specifically, when I was serving God.  The quote above says it best for me, “It is possible to serve God and not love Him, but impossible to love God and not serve Him.”

I just love God.  And I want to serve Him.

My journey as a Christian has been turbulent.  Lots of bumps and winding roads, but by far its the most rewarding relationship I have ever known.

I just want to be clear about a few things about this section of my blog.

i am servant is where I will be sharing about my journey to try and live a life like Jesus.

I consider myself a sinner.  I stumble and fall and make bad choices.  I believe the Bible when it says,” Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” Luke 6:42 NLT

I have no place judging others for their choices.  I don’t even want to!  I would much rather find every good thing in you and call you friend.

It would be wonderful if we could start this journey together.  If we could learn together.  If we could walk together down this long winding road.

But to do that I need to get to know you better!  Feel free to tell me.

I would love to know how you feel about God.   Any chance you are up for telling me?

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  • SamCyn says:

    My relationship with God has grown over the last couple of years in ways I would have never imagined…For example, there was a time when I hated when my sister played christian songs on her car radio, and now, not only do I listen to the Christian station, I will be attending my very first concert (Casting Crowns, The Afters, Sanctus Real) in the next couple of weeks and I can’t wait. God has been very, very, very patient with me and I will praise him always for his kindess, mercy and grace.

    • Amanda says:

      So encouraging to hear that Sam!

  • Jessie @ Possible Baker says:

    Wow, thanks so much for sharing, Amanda! God is so good. I was reading Mark 10 in my quiet time and got stuck on verses 43-45… “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” I read it over and over asking God for insight about being a servant. He gave me some good insight:) And I love what you wrote about it!

    • Amanda says:

      Now that is one pretty perfect verse!!! Thank you for sharing that Jessie!!

  • Salad in a Jar says:

    The verse you quoted from Luke reminds me of the story of the adulterous women when Jesus said, He who has no sin may cast the first stone.” I have it posted in my room at work to remind me what a sinner I am and how badly I need Jesus’ saving grace. Also, to remind me not to judge.

    Love this section. You are brave.

    • Salad in a Jar says:

      BTW, I just read your old post about judging. What a complex issue! I agree 100% with your assessment that the judging Jesus forbids is about assigning motives.

      • Amanda says:

        Thank you so much!! I totally agree… its a complex issue. The book I posted above, Myth of a Christian Religion, cleared up so much for me. I highly recommend it!

  • Leah says:

    Wow, this is great. Great platform for getting the gospel out there, I admire your courage. I’m thankful for a merciful God, I’m just so happy in Him. I’m writing from my tiny phone keyboard, and wish I had more time and fewer distractions….

    Thank you for this.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Leah!

  • ElizaBeth says:

    I LOVE that photo! I think you should have that one hanging in your house!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks sweety!! I love hearing from you! 🙂

  • Christina says:

    We’ve recently been going through Ecclesiastes as a Church in our sermons and this past week we went over a few verses in chapter 7 that I think SHOULD be our view of God… not that it always is…
    “13Consider the work of God:
    who can make straight what he has made crooked?
    14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”

    Above all things, God is Sovereign.

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, yes, and yes!! Great verse… fantastic insight! Thank you for sharing!

  • Stephanie says:

    I was saved 12 years ago but never rooted myself in a good church. I backslid for a number of years and despite all of my stubborn refusals to submit to God and His word, He still sought me and reclaimed me, which I still can’t even wrap my head around. I am back now, have found a wonderful church, and look forward to every Bible study and Sunday service. It feels so good to be near to Him again, I am just overflowing with gratitude…like the parable, I was a lost sheep and my Shepherd came to find me. I now seek His word, and fellowship, as much as I can, which is why I’m so happy that you started this section of your blog. It may not be as popular as the other sections but praise God that we are among those who know Him.
    “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 One of my favorites.

    • Amanda says:

      What a power testimony you have Stephanie… thank you so much for the reminder of how desperately God loves us and wants us near Him!

  • Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen says:

    Ditto to everything you said! I love God and am constantly seeking how I can best serve him. I just finished reading Holy Ambition by Chip Ingram and decided to start a food blog as a way of putting my life out there as I stay at home with my kids. You have been super inspiring to me today. Thank you for your heart!

    • Amanda says:

      ooohhhh, I adore Chip Ingram! AM going to have to check out that book for sure. Thank you for sharing some of you today… I will be praying for affirmations and blessings for you!

  • Alanna says:

    Hi!

    I’m a 23 year old baker enthusiast living in sydney (australia) and am currently completing my masters at a bible and missionary college.

    I just wanted to let you know that i have been following your blog for quite some time and have been extremely encouraged by your obvious love for your family, for strangers and for God. I think there is an assumption that when you get out into the world, even the blogging world, that everyone doesn’t know Christ or are hostile to him – so it is always the most lovely surprise to stumble upon those who speak so unashamedly of him.

    I grew up overseas with missionary parents and cannot remember a time when I haven’t been a christian – I have also had a turbulent ride though, not so much outwardly, but definitely going through seasons of doubt and apathy. It took me a while, but eventually I learned to hold on to what I KNOW to be true, rather than how I am feeling at any point in time. After all, iI was never saved by anything that I did – it was always God, and ‘not one of the Lord’s good promises will fail’ (Joshua 21:45).

    be blessed.

  • sue carroll says:

    Spread the word sister…it’s all about LOVE!

    Greg B has did a summer series at our church a few years back and is sometimes a guest speaker. His illustration of his “natural mind” judging others in the shopping mall and turning those judgements into blessings through the Holy spirit is one I often re-tell.

    I am also passionate about Jesus …and food… and it is wonderful the way He uses these to share the good news!

    Bless you!!

  • Dyna says:

    I havent been the best servant for the past year, and i accidentally found your blog looking for cakes. And i’ m glad i did. God has a way of reminding us of who we are in the least way we expect. I find your faith touching and it makes me want to have that kind of faith and relationship with Him.
    Anyway just wanna drop by and say thanks and keep this insiprational words coming. God bless always

  • Shelly @ KayeSyrah says:

    I just stumbled across your blog while looking for a dessert recipe for Thanksgiving (Velvet Cake, HELLO!) and then saw the “Servant” tab. I liked you already, but now there is even more reason to stick around and read.
    Thanks for this. I have 2 teenage daughters and we talk about what serving means all the time. What does it mean to serve as a 16 or 14 year old, what does that look like. We have great conversations, they are learning about hospitality and extending grace to people that may be difficult to love, and how does that play out in the context of culture since we live overseas. All good stuff.
    Grateful for these thoughts from you, bless you!

  • Melissa {the baked equation} says:

    I love the “I am a Servant” tab. This is really neat! Our God is awesome, the giver of all good gifts. In the world of self promotion, servant hood seems counterintuitive. Yet, it is what we are called to. To go against the grain. To serve one another. Again, I appreciate your tab. It reminded me today, I am a servant as well!

  • Velvet Lime Girls says:

    Hi to a fellow Life:Beautiful magazine enthusiast! We love this magazine and ran across your inspiring blog as we attempted to find a life beautiful blog. Your “why i am servant” blog totally touched us and we just wanted to say thanks. We love serving our heavenly Father too and admire the way you do it so beautifully. With gratitude, The Velvet Lime Girls

  • Carrie says:

    I was a firm and fast believer in Jesus Christ and God and Christianity until I moved to Italy in the Navy, when I was just starting my 30’s. I never let go of ” treat others you want to be treated” but I somehow lost sight of that faith. Luckily I never stopped searching and I am starting to see the path through the forest. God is leading me there, I just took a twisty, prickly path for a while. I know there is a reason I did and I hope, no, I KNOW I will put that experience into helping someone else who is lost. Thanks again Amanda.

  • Carrie says:

    I know this is an old post but, I found your food blog through Pinterest, I am 14 weeks pregnant with my third child and always sick so I dream about food instead of eating it most days. I was intrigued by your I am Servant tab, I knew right away what that meant. I have known of God my entire life but have only decided to know God since Feb of this year. After reading this post and its responses I felt immediately comfortable even sharing on a random blog to complete strangers. I am desperate for direction. My husband and I are going through the absolute worst of times (financially mostly, lack of work and my husband is a disabled Veteran, somehow it all seems so unfair but I know it could be a lot worse, even though I don’t want to imagine how) and to top it all of I am pregnant again. I have dangerous and painful pregnancies and this little miracle making me so sick was a surprise. Definitely wanted but it is going to be a hard ride. Life as a whole just seems so unbearable right now on every front. I know I need God more then ever but I don’t know where to start. I have sought help from other women near me and dear to my heart and some of their words are starting to inspire Hope but I can’t hardly find the Joy in anything. My walk with the Lord has become rocky to say the least and I have a hard time trusting Him even though I want to. I have found some comfort this early sleepless morning reading some of the posts amidst your blogs and especially here. Anyway, you asked so you can’t blame a girl for spilling right 😉

    • Jeannette says:

      Talk to God he will get you through it all. Nothing will come your way that you can handle with HIM.

      • Jeannette says:

        *can’t

  • Abby Jo says:

    Hello,
    I just found your blog and I really love it! I feel very out of place in the world. I’m 24 years old and a mommy to a 2 year old little girl that I love so dearly, her name is Aubrey.
    I am also a widow. My husband passed away in 2010 in a very unexpected work accident. We met in church, were married within a year and had a precious daughter together before he went home to be with the Lord. Now it’s me and little Aubrey Jo, I am still a mommy, but I feel very out of place. Going from a family of 3 with many possibilites and the option to grow into an even bigger family to now just being 2 is very lonely, very overwhelming, and sometimes depressing. My purpose in life, being a mommy and wife now seems lost in a world of what ifs and who knows?? I love my God and I am on a journey to trust in him with all my heart and to lean on his understanding and not my own. I pray that I will be up for the job of serving again, and I pray that I can be the best mommy I can be.

  • Dyna says:

    ive been reading your iambaker blog for years now and only browsed through the other blogs. Ive been a Christian all my life and stumbled one time to many. I am just amazed by God’s grace that no matter how much we stumble He will always take us back and not just forgive but also forget our past transgressions. as i read God’s word everyday, i am humbled by His love and grace. And each day I grew more in love with Him and find my life meaningless without Him. i find your iamservant blog inspiring and as i am as excited to read them as i am with your food blog.

  • Taffie says:

    I am an avid ‘I am baker’ fan and I have followed you for such a long time and your cake blog has been so inspirational to me, so only today have I fully looked at your website and I have truly been blessed.. Thank you for sharing your faith and love for God.. I have been a Christian for 18years and it’s amazing to see people standing up for what they believe in on social media… So blessed by your website !!!!

  • Jett Whitfield says:

    It’s all about submission. Submitting everything to Him. Thank you for always making me smile and most of all, thank you for this reminder.
    You are amazing! God has truly blessed you!!
    Jett