A servant knows what his Master needs even before he does, because the servant anticipates his needs and is always at the ready. Anticipating the needs of the Father does not happen overnight. Only after spending time with the Father do you know his heart, and once you know his heart, you will be able to anticipate his needs.
Let’s not get hung up on the word, “needs”. I can hear you think, (yes, that is one of my super-powers), “God does not need us”. I used the word “need”, because it takes the ‘want’ to the extreme. Needing something and wanting something are two different things. We need to be thinking as though he “needs” us to do something for him. If I just messed with your theology, then re-read this paragraph again until it sinks in that this is all about our approach to him and the way that we should think.
It takes time, devotion, and focus to anticipate the needs of another, being prepared and ready for action, before the need even arises. It is this thinking that dominates the heart of the servant. It is other-centered, and always looks to honor the one being served. This is how a servant thinks.
Anticipating The Needs Of The Father?
If I may, let me illustrate. Before my Pastor preaches in any given service, I ensure that he has a water bottle at hand. I pocket a breath mint, and have it ready for him to use just prior to praying for people at the alter. During the summer months, I make sure that he has a sweat-cloth to wipe his face while he preaches. I sit either next to him, or immediately behind him at all times, just to ensure that I am available should he needs anything, and if so, he simply needs to lean in my direction to tell me. During service, I worship with my eyes open, always being cognizant of where he is, (he moves around a lot), anticipating that he may communicate a need with a glance.
Serving While Unseen
As his armor-bearer, I purpose to serve while being unseen. It’s never about the servant, but about the one being served. The reward is found in meeting the need. The joy of servanthood in found in serving. Serving is an expression of love, and love is not arrogant or proud. A “servant” who finds himself basking in the limelight, is not a servant. Servants don’t bask in the limelight. They stand in the shadows, alert and attentive.
When I first met my wife, Rebecca, I took her out to this (at the time), very expensive Chinese restaurant for a really nice dinner. The place was very busy, and the food was good, but what was most memorable, was the waiter who literally constantly peaked out of the kitchen door to ensure that we had everything we needed. He was so attentive, so alert, so ready . . . almost too ready To serve. After all, this was a date, but I felt like he was playing peek-a-boo with us, given how many times he was peaking out of the doorway to ensure that all of our needs were met. I don’t remember his name . . . I don’t even remember what he looked like, but I do remember his presence. He was always there when needed, and this is how servants are to conduct themselves. Always there when needed.
Time Enriches Relationships
My pastor and I have spent countless hours together under a wide spectrum of circumstances. Over the years, we have spent time on the mission field, participated in meetings, counseling sessions, served in business together, and have spent at least 20,000 miles driving while gut-wrench-laughing out loud together. He’s a visionary, so I have spent a lot of time listening to God-given ideas that he has had. I know this man, but it didn’t happen over night. In fact, even after spending all that time spent with him, I am still learning every time we get together.
In the same way, you will find yourself anticipating the needs of the Father after you have spent considerable time with the Father. The more time you spend with him, the more you will know what he wants, and when he wants it. This is not to suggest that you wait to get to know him before you start serve him. What I am saying is that as you spend time with the Father, you will get to know him, and in turn, you will be able to anticipate the heart of the Father.