The Bible speaks of profitable servants and unprofitable servants. The position is not the problem. You are either a servant of righteousness or a servant of unrighteousness, but still a servant as to position.
As a servant, one is under the authority of another. He is to obey the commands of his master, or his authority. Only God can make you a servant, or bond slave, of righteousness by crucifying the “old man” and creating in you the “new man.” (See Ephesians 4:17-24; Romans 6:4-22.)
The characteristics of the new creation, or new man, are:
1) He is free from the law of sin and death; which means he is no longer under the rule, or dominion, of the flesh or the “old man.”
2) Therefore, his will is no longer to sin. In regeneration, he is given a new nature and made a new creature with a new will to please Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
3) He seeks Christ in all things (Colossians 3:1-3).
However, the saved man can be classed as either a profitable servant, or an unprofitable servant. (A good example of this is with Jacob and Esau.)
See Luke 17:6-10, where Christ teaches that the servant is unprofitable if he only does his duty. To be profitable, you must not only do your duty, but you must go beyond your duty. You must “diligently seek him.”
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
The profitable servant is the “overcomer.” His body, soul, and spirit are completely and totally given over to Christ in surrender, submission, obedience, and endurance.
The overcomer is one who has come to be a recipient of the Gift of the Holy Spirit. He can see the Kingdom of God and has the power to enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:3-8). He has committed himself to walk in the Love of Christ (John 14:21-25; 1 John 2:4-6); to walk in the Light of Christ; and to walk circumspectly in this world. He praises and sings to Christ daily; and is in submission one to the other (Ephesians 5:1-21). He is clothed in the armour of God and is a faithful soldier of Christ (Ephesians 6:10-18; 2 Timothy 2:1-3).
The overcomer is one who walks in the Spirit, is led of the Spirit, and lives in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 18, 25). His works are of faith (James 2:14-26). And his fruit is of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
The overcomer “shall inherit all things” (Revelation 21:7). What “things”? The Apostle John lists these “things” in Revelation 2 and 3.
The following devotions will follow this outline:
1) The Definition of
a) What is an Overcomer
2) The Declaration of
a) Who is an Overcomer
3) The Direction of
a) The How of the Overcomer
4) The Destiny of
a) The Rewards of the Overcomer