The lyrics are simple. The song is short. The message is soul-searching. “Lord, make me a servant, Lord, make me like You; For You are a servant, make me one, too. Lord, make me a servant, do what You must do To make me a servant; make me like You.”
Could you sing this song and truly mean it? The song makes three requests to the Lord: (1) Make me a servant. (2) Make me a servant like You. (3) Do what You must do. Truly, Jesus was a servant. In words, He taught, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matt. 20:28). In actions, He demonstrated service by washing all twelve of His apostles’ feet (John 13:1-17). Are you willing (yea, even eager) to be a servant? To be a servant like Jesus? To take “the form of a bondservant” and “humble yourself” (Phil. 2:7-8)? Jesus said, “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15).
Think about the words you sing. Do you really want God to do what He must do to make you a servant like Jesus?