26 Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
As our Servant-King, Jesus taught us the importance of living a life of serving God and others.
He first set an example for us by serving the least and undeserving when he was on earth. Moreover, He also empowers us with spiritual gifts to minister to people from all walks of life. It is a privilege to serve believers and unbelievers and show them the love of Jesus.
In order to serve others as a servant, we must first be secure in God’s love for us.
As sons and daughters of our Father, it is certainly not beneath us to serve humbly and sincerely. The Apostle Paul tells us that though Jesus is equal with God, He took on the very nature of a servant (Philippians 2:5-7). You don’t lose yourself in service to others. On the contrary, you discover your true self when you serve as Christ would—and in doing so, you glorify Him and give Him the glory.
Jesus redefines the worldly view of what it means to be a servant.
Don’t see serving God as an additional thing to do in an already busy life. Rather see serving as a way to work with God and enjoy His presence and pleasure. In John 4:34-35, Jesus said “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” Likewise, knowing that we are sent makes a difference in how we serve. In other words, we are called to live intentionally and on purpose.
Trust God to increase your time, resources and energy so you can serve well without losing intimacy with God. When you stop serving with a heart like Jesus, you will at some point start serving with the heart of an orphan. A child of God with an orphan heart hungers for recognition and acceptance because they are rarely satisfied with themselves and often feel short-changed by life.
Don’t ever lose sight of the priority of walking faithfully with God, then, whatever you do, you will experience an endless supply of God’s grace to do what you need to do.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? Do I live intentionally or merely allow life to happen?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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