“…whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…” (ESV, Matt. 20:27-28)
A servant is one who voluntarily attends or serves another through menial offices; one willing to make painful sacrifices in compliance with the weakness or needs of others; one, like Jesus Christ, who was willing even to wash the feet of His disciples; one who serves the living God, who calls His children to serve Him in a spirit of love by ministering selflessly to others.
“Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” (ESV, 1 Cor. 4:2)
A steward is one entrusted with the care and management of his God-given internal and external property in a manner reflecting the character of Christ; one capable of wisely managing and dispensing the provisions of another; one whose character and service is found trustworthy and reliable; and one able to dispense the provisions of the Gospel, serving the furtherance of the Kingdom of Christ here on earth.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (ESV, 2 Tim. 2:15)
A scholar is first one who is teachable; one who is a disciple of the Master Teacher—Jesus Christ; one who is a man of books, eminent in erudition; one able to biblically research and reason from the Word of God; one who knows the Truth in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ and has laid Christ as the foundation of all knowledge and wisdom; one whose scholarship has been tooled by the gold of Christian character through diligence and industry; and one who applies his scholarship for the Gospel purposes.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” (ESV, 2 Cor. 5:20)
A statesman is a representative of Jesus Christ, who came not to be served, but to serve; one tooled in the art of personal government, able to wisely steward his God-given property—his conscience, time and talents—and the property of others; one able to think and reason biblically in all areas of scholarship, rightly dividing the Word of God; one able to lead, by example, his own generation in a spirit of selflessness—a light for others to follow.