#009 Podcast – The Servant – Part 4

Hi everyone and welcome to our fourth and final installment for The Servant series. We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

We felt to present this final episode in quite a different and creative way. Transitioning from The Servant and The Master parable of Luke 17, in this episode we are looking into a modern day parable if you like, which is actually a movie released in 2019 called Knives Out. Using this movie as a springboard into our topic, we draw on the shadows and types revealed in it that lead us to what we believe is a most beautiful conclusion to the series – that a true friend of God emerges out from being a faithful servant.   

Jesus said:

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you”. John 15:12-15

What are the qualities of a friend of God?  What does it look like to be called God’s friends? How can we be God’s friends today?

Looking at the qualities found in the main characters of the movie and of Abraham who was called both God’s servant and God’s friend we discover something very special of our Lord and what it takes for us, the church, to be not only God’s servants but truly and most wonderfully, become His friends.

Scripture References

Psalm 105:42 – For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham

Isa 41:8 – But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend

1 John 3:16 – “We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren”.

James1:22 – “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves”.

Phil 2:4-8  – “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, empty yourselves, and take the form of a bond-servant, Humble yourselves by becoming obedient to the point of death”.

Matthew 16:25 – He who saves his life will lose it and he who loses his life for my sake will find it

John 15:20  – Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

James 2: 22-24 – You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GODAND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.

Proverbs 18:24 – A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.

James 4:4 – You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God

Exodus 33:11 – Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.

Hebrews 3:5-6 – Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope of which we boast.…

Revelation 3:20 – Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Philippians 3:7-10 – But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death

Ps 73:23-26 – Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me,  And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You?  And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose

1 John 4:12-14 – No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity

2 Corinthians 3:18 – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

2 thoughts on “#009 Podcast – The Servant – Part 4”

  1. Angie and I started to watch Knives Out over a week ago. But because I looked at it without seeing through the lenses of the spirit, I quickly lost interest. So I really appreciate what you both saw of Him in it, and for sharing it with us. To watch it now would be like seeing the Holy Spirit’s remake. What an amazing parallel!

    While there was so very much you both shared in this incredible podcast, there was something Derek said that arrested me: Service to God finds its roots in communing with Him first. Serving God will come as a result of communing with Him (my paraphrase).

    It’s when we spend time communing with the Lord that a genuine and lasting friendship is fostered. That’s when we begin to realize how much He really means to us and us to Him. That’s when we begin to delight in serving Him as our friend. That’s when we find ourselves wanting more for Him as our friend than from Him as “our servant”. That’s what loving Him because He first loved us looks like. It’s responding to and reciprocating the friendship that was extended to us first, before the foundation of the world.

    Words aren’t enough to even begin to tell you both of what an immense blessing this Servant series has been-my spirit will continue to feast upon this unfolding revelation.

    We love and appreciate you both as God’s friends and ours.

    1. Brother, we cannot tell you how encouraging your comments are. We continue to be encouraged to press on through them. And we’re certain that other readers see more of Christ through them. Thank you so very much for participating in this journey with us in so many ways. We love you both.

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