Are You A Silent Servant?


Did you know there are silent servants mentioned in the Bible?

Just take a look at these verses:

And again He began to teach by the sea.  And a great multitude was gathered to Him so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea: and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.”                                                                                                               

Mark 4:1

And He called the twelve to Himself and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.  He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff-no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts-but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics.  Also He said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place.” 

Mark 6: 7-10

Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat.  Loose it and bring it.  And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.” 

Mark 11: 1-3

 And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him.  Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.”

Mark 14: 13-15

Now you may be thinking, “I don’t see anything about a silent servant in any of those verses.”

Ask yourself who supplied the boat for our Lord?  Who provided a place for the disciples to sleep at night?  Who fed them along the way? Who gave a change of clothing when they needed it?  Who offered the colt to the Lord for his triumphal entry into Jerusalem?  Who made sure the upper room was ready for them the night before the crucifixion of Christ?  We don’t know who any of these people were, and yet they were all serving the Lord.  They were silent servants!

One of the definitions of a servant is “a person in the service of another.”[1]  If that is the definition of a servant,  then a silent servant is one who goes about the business of serving others (and thus serving the Lord) without being publicly acknowledged for it.   They are the ones at church or at one of the many organizations who depend on volunteers who serve selflessly.  They do what needs to be done in whatever capacity they have been called to serve.  They neither expect nor do they want to be recognized publicly.

Do you sometimes feel unappreciated as you serve silently, whether it be at home, at work, at church or somewhere else?  It is easy to fall into self-pity isn’t it?  But once again let’s see what the Bible has to say about your silent service.

For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. 

Matthew 16:27

So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 

1 Corinthians 3: 7 & 8

Silent servants, take heart; your labor is not in vain!  

When it comes to service, you are following the example of Jesus.  Rest assured that you can serve joyfully while serving silently.

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.

Mark 10:45

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