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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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. 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!

    1. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!

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