There are two verses in the Bible which speak of individuals as being servants of the Most High God. The first is found in Daniel 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spoke, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire. This is an awe inspiring story... and not one that many would want to live out for themselves. If we read the account in Daniel, we learn that because these three men refused to worship anyone but God, they were cast into a blazing fiery furnace. God allowed this to happen to His children, that He might manifest His power to Nebuchadnezzar and all the people of that country. Although to the natural man it looked utterly hopeless... God kept these men in the midst of the flames... bringing them forth without so much as a single hair singed or even the smell of smoke upon them. Because of this overwhelming evidence... there was no longer any question in anyone's mind as to whose God was real.
The second time we find this reference is in Acts 16:16-17 As we were on our way to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who was possessed by a spirit of divination [claiming to foretell future events and to discover hidden knowledge], and she brought her owners much gain by her fortunetelling. She kept following Paul and [the rest of] us, shouting loudly, These men are the servants of the Most High God! They announce to you the way of salvation! This was a young girl operating under the power of a familiar spirit, that cried out the truth. The spirits that operated in this child were unable to refrain from crying out and revealing who Paul and his companions were... the servants of the Most High God. Paul found it offensive to listen to this spirit speaking through this child, and cast it out.
The LORD Jesus Himself brought forth a response from the spirits...Luke 4:33-35 Now in the synagogue there was a man who was possessed by the foul spirit of a demon; and he cried out with a loud (deep, terrible) cry, Ah, let us alone! What have You to do with us [What have we in common], Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know Who You are - the Holy One of God! But Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be silent (muzzled, gagged), and come out of him! And when the demon had thrown the man down in their midst, he came out of him without injuring him in any possible way.
What does it mean to be a servant of the Most High God? Shouldn't we all know the answer to that question? The focus in most religious settings is not on what we can do for God... but on what can we get from God, what can God do for us... isn't it? Our priorities are out of alignment. We have not been taught that it is necessary to grow up in Christ... to press in to a personal relationship with God... to live by the Spirit of God within. It is time that we wake up from our stupor... allowing the Holy Spirit to teach us how to serve God in a way that is acceptable and pleasing in His sight. Here are a few examples of some who knew what it means to be a servant of the Most High:
Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.
Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ:
Jude 1:1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.
The word servant in all the above passages is #1401, From G1210; a slave (literally or figuratively, involuntarily or voluntarily; frequently therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency): - bond (-man), servant.
There are many other's named in the Bible as servants of God: Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Daniel, David, Jacob, Job being a few examples. What set these individuals apart? What did they experience that was different from their peers? They all had one thing in common...
They all possessed and prized above all else, a personal relationship with God. They communed with God... one on one. They experienced suffering and hardships in this life, yet they never stepped off the path set before them. They were obedient to the Lord, and they walked in a fear of the LORD. God moved mightily in and through all of their lives, mightily influencing their world. Considering the stature and quality of those who attained to being a 'servant of God,' let us look deeper into what it means to be God's servant and how to obtain this appointment.
We see in 1 Corinthians 7:23 You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].
Also in 2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome (fighting and contending). Instead, he must be kindly to everyone and mild-tempered [preserving the bond of peace]; he must be a skilled and suitable teacher, patient and forbearing and willing to suffer wrong. He must correct his opponents with courtesy and gentleness, in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and come to know the Truth [that they will perceive and recognize and become accurately acquainted with and acknowledge it], And that they may come to their senses [and] escape out of the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him, [henceforth] to do His [God's] will.
Jesus spoke in parables concerning the servants: Luke 17:7-10 Will any man of you who has a servant plowing or tending sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, Come at once and take your place at the table? Will he not instead tell him, Get my supper ready and gird yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; then afterward you yourself shall eat and drink? Is he grateful and does he praise the servant because he did what he was ordered to do? Even so on your part, when you have done everything that was assigned and commanded you, say, We are unworthy servants [possessing no merit, for we have not gone beyond our obligation]; we have [merely] done what was our duty to do.
We need to realize that it is our duty to serve the LORD. We are prone to thinking that if we suffer or sacrifice in any way, we should immediately be rewarded for it. This is because we have not yet died to our flesh. Uppermost in our minds are our own wants and needs, rather than and instead of seeking to know what God wants. Our flesh has a natural aversion to anything having to do with pain or suffering of any kind. The only thing of interest to self, is self-preservation. However, God's ways are not man's ways. God is a spirit, and we must die to our flesh and all the lusts thereof, and learn to live by the Spirit. Just as Jesus was perfected by the things that He suffered, so will we be perfected by the things that we suffer. God knows exactly how to bring about the death of self in each one of us. We will never be servants of the Most High, as long as our will is in control. We need to remember that all of our good works are as filthy rags.
Jesus said in John 12:24 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest. Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.] If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow Me [to cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying] and wherever I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
This is why we must be willing to die to our flesh. Many claim the name of Jesus... yet claiming is not enough. We must have a servant relationship. We too, must be able to honestly cry, "Not my will, but thine be done." Where are we today, in relation to being servants of God?
Isaiah 42:19-23 Who is blind but My servant [Israel]? Or deaf like My messenger whom I send? Who is blind like the one who is at peace with Me [who has been admitted to covenant relationship with Me]? Yes, who is blind like the Lord's servant? You have seen many things, but you do not observe or apprehend their true meaning. His ears are open, but he hears not! It was the Lord's pleasure for His righteousness' sake [in accordance with a steadfast and consistent purpose] to magnify instruction and revelation and glorify them. But this is a people robbed and plundered; they are all of them snared in holes and hidden in houses of bondage. They have become a prey, with no one to deliver them, a spoil, with no one to say, Restore them! [This shows the condition that will ensue as Israel's punishment for not recognizing the Servant of the Lord and the day of His visit among them.] Who is there among you who will give ear to this? Who will listen and hear in the time to come?
Jesus also said in John 13:16 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, A servant is not greater than his master, and no one who is sent is superior to the one who sent him.
We need to be careful not to think too highly of ourselves. Outside of Christ, we are nothing. The more we are purged, the more we suffer the reproach of others, the more we will come to realize that there is none good but God. The more we will come to appreciate and be thankful for His saving grace to us. We will come to the full knowledge that we are in no way deserving of the privilege and opportunity to serve Him. As we grow in our relationship, serving Him will become a joy rather than a hardship. We too, can come to the place that Paul did...
Philippians 3:8-14 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
How can we do any less? Do we wonder why we aren't seeing God move in miraculous ways today, as He did in the days of old? Are we willing to accept the explanation from men that God doesn't do that anymore, it was just for that day? I pray not.
All last days prophecies are directed to this generation. Every Christian whose heart is for God, is vexed at the things we see going on all around us, just as Lot was vexed. God's people need to get in right relationship with God. We are going to behold the greatest move of God in this generation that the world has ever witnessed. We have the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing. Let us humble our hearts, and lay down our lives, that we might come to the knowledge of the privilege of what it means to be a servant of the Most High God.