87 ServingPosted: February 6, 2014
Secret number 19 to finding humility is Serving.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34
Jesus provides our example. He served. He could have demanded we serve Him. After all, He was the Ultimate Authority of the universe come to Earth. He deserves our worship, honor and praise. Yet, He did not demand any of this. Rather, He came and served.
Not only did Jesus preach the Gospel and heal the sick, He even got Himself killed in the process of making sure our sins were accounted for—every one of them. Consider the billions of people who have ever existed, and the countless sins each one of us has committed. Jesus died for every single sin! Oh, that all would take advantage of this heart freeing truth: their sins are covered!
Now, to follow Jesus’ example does not mean we will all be martyred, although many throughout the world have died/are dying and will die for Christ. Yet we all are to serve one another. Service takes a variety of forms, such as, doing practical things to help others.
The reality is, though, we resist serving others. We think: Why should I? What do I get out of it? I don’t feel like it, nor do I have the time or energy. Others’ needs are not my concern.
We need to hear our Master, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” He could have stayed in Heaven. He made the ultimate sacrifice just to be born a human. Then, He was mocked, abused and tortured to death. He did not have to do this, except that this was His whole plan. He chose to allow Himself to be treated so shamefully in order to save us.
Truly, we need to let go of our pride to serve others. We need to put them ahead of ourselves. We take care of others as if we are taking care of ourselves. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 19:19) This requires us to let go of our agenda. We need, instead, to care about others’ condition.
How can we serve others? What do we hear God calling us to do today?
How can I serve you? Your Servant,
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