When you think about serving others, what comes to your mind? Do you start your day thinking about how you can serve others, or how they can serve you? Do you really want to serve others?
Consider what Jesus said about servants:
“The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:11, 12
“Sitting down, Jesus called the twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first they must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35
Of course, Jesus is our greatest example of how to serve others – from going out of His way to talk to the woman at the well, to healing lepers, to washing His disciples’ feet, to the ultimate sacrifice of giving His life. We’re often so busy with our own lives that we forget to look for ways to serve others like Jesus did.
We’re all servants to someone, and opportunities to serve others are all around us every day. If you’re a Christian, you should be serving God, His Kingdom and our church. We should all be serving our spouses and/or families. We can also serve our neighbors as well as those we don’t even know. We can hold the door for a mom pushing a stroller, help a neighbor with yard work, or take a meal to someone in need. We don’t naturally want to be servants, but be a little “higher up on the totem pole”. This reminds me of something one of our pastors, Shawn Ames, told a mission team a few years ago:
“The measure of your servanthood is how you act when someone treats you like a servant.”
So the next time someone treats you like a servant, give yourself a heart check-up.