The First Vice President of the Living Faith Bible Church popularly known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Abioye Writes on the Spirit of Service.
Bishop David Abioye joined the ministry in 1980, he has been a source of blessings to many that have been privileged to work with him.
He said he was privileged to meet with Bishop Oyedepo as a servant in January 1980, adding that the Bishop has maintained his position as a servant, thirty-eight years after.
The lesson here is that you can be a servant before you are positioned and remain a servant afterwards. That meeting imparted that spirit within Bishop Abioye too. He did not contract power from him first; he contracted from him servanthood.
Speaking further, Bishop Abioye stated the spirit of servanthood is the platform for empowerment and enthronement. He stressed Jesus did not become a servant without getting empowered to do so (Isaiah 42:1 – 4). Jesus took on the likeness of men and God highly exalted Him.
The spirit of servanthood must be in you before power for enthronement comes on you.
Similarly, Elisha was a servant before he became a master. Elisha served Elijah (1 Kings 19: 19-21). Joshua was a servant of Moses (2 Kings 3:11, 12; Joshua 1:1).
Moses was keeping his father-in-law’s sheep; he was so committed that God had to get his attention by appearing to him as fire in the bush (Exodus 3:1). David was called to serve his generation (1 Samuel 16:11; 1 Samuel 18:5; Acts 13:36). Every one of them followed the process.
God calls servants first and makes them rulers. God called Bishop Oyedepo to serve his generation. The spirit of servanthood is the gateway to true leadership.
There are indications that while Jesus was an apprenticeship as a carpenter, he was still involved in the activities of the home helping out when necessary (Luke 2:51).
There can never be sustained leadership without proper grooming of the servant (Luke 22:27). A choice for servanthood, therefore, is the key to enthronement.
A servant is:
– A keeper (John 17:12) – A waiter (Proverb 27:18) – One who looks after things, not for things- An accountable person giving account (Luke 16:1-2).
The spirit of servanthood is necessary because the natural man is bossy. A bossy leader is always looking for recognition, while a servant leader looks for service to render and lives to impact
What the Spirit of Servanthood Does
1. It makes you serve without striving. It destroys the spirit of competition, reputation and self-glory (Isaiah 42). True servants hardly want people to talk about them. What do you have that you did not receive? That spirit makes you detest publicity (John 7:6).
2. It destroys weariness, makes you serve tirelessly and gives you self-encounter (Isaiah 42:4).
3. It enables you to serve with delight and excitement (Psalm 40:8; 2 Corinthians 1:7; Hebrews 12:1-2).
4. It makes you serve willingly; you become self-motivated. You serve with focus and you are not distracted.
5. It helps you to render your service faithfully (1 Corinthians 4:2). When God said He would spare Moses and kill the Israelites, Moses pleaded that he should also be killed if God would not spare the people. He stood in the gap (Exodus 32:30-32).
6. It enables you to serve joyfully and without constraint.
Rewards of Servanthood
2. Divine preservation (Malachi 3: 17, Daniel 3: 17, 18; Daniel 6:5-28)
3. Wholesomeness (Exodus 23:25)
4. Protection and defence