The phrase “His Handmaiden” is a part of my mission statement, and the way I sign the majority of my letters, but you may ask “why” or “what does it mean”, I will do my best to explain my heart, here, and pray that you, too will desire to be called “His Handmaiden”.
In the Old Testament, when a lady had servants, she would have one that was specifically to be her “right hand” (so to speak) and that one would be called her handmaiden. It would be the one that was so close to her that they shared all. The handmaiden would know every detail of her mistress/master’s life. The likes, dislikes, what brought joy, what brought sorrow, knew the ‘in’s and out’s’ of her mistress/master’s very life.
That is how I desire to be with my Lord. Being that close to Him. Knowing Him so well that He can fully rely upon me in all areas to act in His best interest. He will know that I will serve Him well, fully representing His desires, actions and attitudes, bringing Him all honor and glory.
In the New Testament we see another use of the term “Handmaiden” in the Christmas story we share each and every year. Mary was chosen by God to bear the Savior of the World . . . she bowed down, knowing that she was the least of all, knowing that she had done nothing to cause such an honor, and said “behold Thy Handmaiden” . . . it is my heart’s deepest desire to always remember that although I am nothing, He has chosen to use this vessel that I am to help spread His Word, His Love and His Grace in this life. It keeps me on my knees. It keeps me bowing before Him, fully knowing that there is nothing I can do outside of His mercy and grace in my life, yet desiring to serve Him with all I am and all I will ever be. To please Him and to hear Him one day say “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”
For those reasons I use the term “His Handmaiden”. So that others will know that I bow before Him and desire to be His Servant. That all that I do is not anything for man’s recognition, but for His glory alone.
Dear ones, I only wish I could truly share what is in my heart. I have been so deeply saddened by some within the Body of Christ who would think that because we serve the Lord we are trying to “exalt” ourselves. How my heart aches over such a statement. As we serve Him, we need to stay in total humility before Him . . . we realize that He, alone, is the reason we live, and move and have our being. that He, alone, is our strength, our song, our portion forever! My prayer for you, and for all my sisters (and brothers) in Christ is found in Philippians 1 verses 9-11. Here it is in the New International Version. “and this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”
Dear ones, always (no matter how much honor “men” bestow upon you, such as titles, or positions) remember to stay humble before God and man. For all we have, ever will have, or ever hope to be . . . all come from the Father’s Hand, and it is well for us to always live by Proverbs 27:1-2.
I leave you with this prayer,
“Father, God, I lay my life continually before Your throne of Grace, may my heart always remain humble before You and before others. I know, Abba, that it is only by Grace that I can do anything, and I thank You for the awesome opportunity to study Your Word, and to have fellowship with other believers. I thank You for the privilege of sharing Your Word with others, for the times of witness and discipleship with other women that you have brought into my life. I praise You for allowing me to be able to be so close to You and to be able to serve You in all I say and do. Father, may my whole being bring honor and glory to You. I lift up each one of my dear sisters who have come to this place, Lord. Touch their hearts, stir up within them a desire to know You more. To become a Handmaiden of Yours, for the work to be done in Your Kingdom. In Jesus, most precious and holy Name, amen.”