8 Characteristics of a Faithful Christian Servant

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Most folks know what it means to be a servant. But do you know what it means to be a faithful servant? Let’s see what guidance the Bible can give us regarding at least 8 characteristics of a faithful Christian servant.

Colossians 3:12–13 “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

A Follower and a Leader

John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

A faithful Christian servant loves his Heavenly Father and strives to follow Jesus. This means that when he makes choices of what to do in his life, he chooses what Jesus would choose and goes where Jesus would go. A faithful Christian servant will be available to teach others how to follow Jesus too.


Mark 10:42–45 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

A faithful Christian servant does not act in a way that is superior over others. He will be humble and not proud (Colossians 3:12). He will remember that he is first a servant and a minister. He will remember why Jesus came to earth — to humbly give his life for all.


Ephesians 4:2–3 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Most have heard that to be meek does not mean that you are weak. On the contrary! I have heard meekness defined as controlled strength. You are meek when you are gentle, quiet and submissive. A faithful Christian servant knows when it is necessary to be meek and serves in a way that displays this Christ-like characteristic. As the Psalmist says “The meek will guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.” (Psalm 25:9)


Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

A faithful Christian servant is patient to serve everyone, even when they are not ready to be served. Sometimes we need to wait for the perfect time to be a servant to a fellow brother or sister in Christ. A faithful servant will jump on the chance to offer a helping hand or take on an additional workload. He needs to remember that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). There is purpose in serving others!


Ephesians 6:9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

A faithful Christian servant is careful not to impose his calling onto others. We cannot make someone volunteer. We cannot make someone serve. We can be a master at serving others however, we must be careful to avoid causing someone else to serve in a capacity that they were not called to do. When we do this we risk placing someone into a position that is not the desire of their heart, nor glorifies God.

Good Steward

1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

A faithful Christian servant must not only give at the offering plate; he must be willing to give of his gifts and talents. Giving of your talent shows your commitment to serve others. It shows that we are willing to serve others out of a heart of gratitude for the grace that we have been given. It is the least we can do (Romans 12:1-2).


James 1:2–3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

A faithful Christian servant learns from his experience and applies that to situations in which he may serve. He understands that trials and tribulations build patience and with patience comes experience. Finally, he knows that experience produces hope (Romans 5:1-5). Sometimes people in hopeless situations need to just be served.


Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

A faithful Christian servant does not put his needs above the needs of others. Jesus was selfless in that He came to serve, not be served (Matthew 20:28). He never put His needs above others, in fact, He gave the ultimate self-sacrifice when He went to the cross to pay the penalty of sin for the whole world. Like Him, we should serve without concern for our need, but for the needs of others (Philippians 2:3-4).

Final Thoughts

There are so many more characteristics of a faithful Christian leader that I could list here.  For example, he is a good listener, he has a great sense of awareness and even when he has not experienced the same life event as someone that he serves, he empathizes and accepts them for who they are.

Read more here: What is Servant Leadership?

KJV Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version.

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PRECIOUS.C January 5, 2019 at 9:34 am

I love this article,God bless you.
I wish I can receive more of it especially on Christian leadership. Thanks


Matson Kawanda October 24, 2019 at 4:37 am

I am greatly encouraged and moved from one level of faith to another.
Considering the 8 characteristics of a faithful christian, I am going to teach my denomination (The Evangelical Church in Zambia- College Local Church.
God bless you alongside with your husband.
Leading Elder
Matson Kawanda


Kenneth Jones March 23, 2019 at 8:06 pm

Please send me any inspiration message on Christian values


Jack Wellman March 23, 2019 at 8:44 pm

Hello Mr. Jones. The Christian values should be the things Christ valued (see Matt 25:35-36; 28:18-20, James 1:27) so our values are loving God and loving our neighbors. We pray for our enemies, do good to them who do bad things to us, and bless those who curse us…so says Jesus. Those are godly values.


Gutu Tesso December 8, 2019 at 2:37 am

This is really what it means with the whole of the scripture and Christian living. I is a full summary of Christian Life


Mpho 4 February 21, 2020 at 4:17 pm

A Spiritually inspiring article on what true Christian Life means.


Jack Wellman February 21, 2020 at 4:19 pm

Thank you friend.


Steve March 27, 2020 at 9:07 am

Dear Pamela, I enjoyed your article on Christian Servants. I have just finished a book on Servant Leaders for Jesus Christ. Its an ebook for sale on Amazon.com and shows from God’s Word – Ministries in The Body of Christ and Leadership Qualities. If you would like to take a look at it; just email me and I will be glad to email you back the Title and the link on Amazon. I’m hoping to get this to as many Christian Leaders worldwide as possible. All of us need encouragement from God’s Word. agape Steve


Julie May 23, 2020 at 7:24 am

I am blessed to read your article. More grace


Mary M. Bullard August 25, 2020 at 9:45 am

Thank you great woman of God for sharing those excellent words, scriptures to encourage the body of Christ to continue in the way of becoming the servant to each other. That experience will take you to a leader of great respect to move you to a position of greatness.


Jack Wellman August 25, 2020 at 10:51 am

You are so right. Pamela is certainly a great woman of God as she continues to encourage the members of Christ’s Body


Dani April 21, 2021 at 11:38 am

What a great blog Pam. As a servant in the household, I check myself to make sure of those attributes and be obedient. My last job is to point anyone to Daniel 11 – the promised book of truth now open to us as we await for the 6th seal, great EQ, the abomination of desolation and HIS coming for us. Thanks.


Lizzie Smith October 15, 2021 at 10:15 pm

Thank you for your section on “8 Characteristics of a Faithful Christian Servant”. This was a big help to me, I am studying on Faithful and unfaithful servant (Matthew 24:45-51)


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