Being a servant of any kind has a negative connotation in our culture of being your own boss or doing your own thing. Should one want to know how compassionate or thoughtful someone is, just be under their authority for a week. It would take much less time than that for the majority of people.
Jesus had to deal with those wanting to be in charge as one day the disciples were arguing over who would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. During one occasion the disciples became indignant when the mother of John and James ask Jesus for her sons to sit on Jesus’ right and left hand in His glory. Everyone is always ready to be in charge.http://www.easyenglish.info/bible-study/jesus-life/disciples_james_and_john.htm
However Jesus declared, “the greatest in the kingdom of heaven is the servant of all”. Jesus’ saying is another example of why the word of God causes friction upon those with arrogance and pride in their hearts. Putting others before yourself is about as attractive as chewing barbed wire by the culture we live in.
There is no compromise to the stipulation of being the servant of all when Christ said it. Then He went out and proved it by suffering the indignity of submitting Himself to those with far less qualifications, and dying on the cross when He did not have to. This example just cannot be beaten.
A true Christian demonstrates self-sacrifice and love of others by doing what Christ commanded. In essence one becomes a bond servant to Jesus’ example. The apostle Paul articulated being a “slave to Christ” after his conversion experience. This commitment also is an expectation in some capacity to all legitimate followers of Christ.
Jesus Himself declared, “If you love Me, you will do what I say”.
Thus the measuring stick of obedience and love is clearly shared by Jesus who asked "what servant was doing the will of the Father?" The father instructed both sons to go out and work in the field.
One son said, “I will go”, but never did. The other son said, “I will not go”, but relented later and did what the Father asked. Jesus asked, “Which son did the will of the Father?”.
Jesus told parables of the attitudes and actions of servants while the master was away on business as allegories to when He would return. The portrayal of attitudes and actions are demonstrated all the time by people under the authority of teachers, parents, or under society in general.
An evil servant is rebellious and insolent practically all the time and is nearly always on the prowl to practice that insubordinate behavior. They are constantly not following instructions and look for ways to get around a requirement.
A poor servant is only loyal and obedient while under direct supervision. As soon as the individual is left to himself, their rebellious nature takes control. While any authority is watching, they are typically fine, however their character takes a turn for the worse when nobody is watching. The poor servant always seems to be worried when the police are around.
A good servant does all that is expected and more whether with others or alone. The good servant is on their guard to comply with all expectations and even does extra to ensure their obedience. They honor all authority as long as it does not conflict with God’s will. Their thinking, speaking, and actions line up nicely to what Jesus commanded.
When Jesus does His accounting the good servant will hear, “Well done good and faithful servant”.