We are called to a life of Servanthood.
James & John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ (Mark 10:35-37)
Being a Christian is not about being better than someone else, having a more superior position, nor is it about having power over someone else. Jesus said, “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whomever wants to be first must be slave of all.” (Mark 10:43-44)
Following Jesus we are led into a life of serving others, no matter who we are. It is a special type of service. The type of service Jesus is encouraging us to live out is one of really serving others, so they benefit.
Being a Christian is about serving others and serving them in the right way, which is with love.
So what might this look like for you?
How might your actions be done in love?
For some people it means they give up what they are doing and focus on doing something else, so they can help others in a better way to connect with Jesus.
What might it mean for others and you if God was using the things you are involved in, as opportunities for you to serve others so they experience His love through you?
One thing to always remember is our service is never about proving to God we are good enough for His love. Rather we serve as Christians because God already loves us and because our loving service is how God works through us to connect with others, so that they know His love.
Jesus is always serving us humbly. We have a God whose approach to being God is one of serving us, serving us in a loving way.
Take a moment to think about what you are involved in this next week, how might these opportunities for God to bring his generous love to people through you.
Serving others is not some demeaning experience, but one of the most important things we can do. It is a great way for God and the others in our life to connect with each other.
Have the same mindset as Christ, who, being the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. Rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness He humbled himself.
I pray that you will look forward with joy to a life of serving others in love and may God use your service to bring His love and life into the lives of others.