Serving goes hand in hand with submission: “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them” (1 Corinthians 9:19). Jesus, the king of kings and lord of lords, demonstrated the highest form of servitude and submission without having to, but wanting to. There is no excuse for us not to do the same, He also tell us that when we do this, we are able to win more people to Christ! How amazing is that.
In His Steps
God sent his ONLY son to earth for US. Jesus chose to obey the father and when it came to the point of knowing He was going to be crucified He pleaded with God, yet ultimately accepting His father’s will: “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” More often times than not we plead to God about our current and future circumstances, relying on him to change them, where as instead we should pray for strength to overcome the situations, wisdom in the conflicts and peace through the storms.
“So the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16) in our modern society being last at anything sucks. Whether it is last place in a race, waiting last in line, or being low on the totem pole of economic wealth, etc. However, Jesus reminds us in Matthew 19:16-30 about the rich young ruler who did everything but give up his worldly possessions to inherit eternal life. God doesn’t want you to live in poverty to gain this but rather He wants you to put Him above everything else, never make anything else a priority. Serve everyone else above yourself without seeking recognition or reward. The few who do are considered last but will be first: “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) Servitude is necessary for churches to grow, for people to prosper and for the world to change.
Don’t serve to glorify yourself above others, don’t serve with a “have to” attitude, serve to glorify God, serve through him and to him.
Take time today to …
See what position you hold yourself to
Are you serving in your church, home, work?
Pray for strength to overcome difficulties instead of removing them.