We are living in a time when people expect to be served. As I said before, our children believe that the world revolves around them. They expect to be served in every area of their lives. They expect their parents to serve them, their teachers to serve them, their churches and pastors to serve them, and many of them expect their bosses to serve them. And if they are not served or served in a way that they want, they complain, they have a fit, and in some cases, they leave.
Christianity is the opposite of this. We are called to serve one another. Here are a few lessons that will help us to serve our brothers and sisters.
1. Serving with a humble attitude
In the gospel of John we find this beautiful story when Jesus washed the feet of the apostles. “so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:4-5.” The ancient roads were dusty and washing the foot was a common courtesy. Normally, this task was performed by a servant. I do not have doubt that the disciples would be willing to wash Jesus’ feet, but to wash another disciple would have been an admission of inferiority. Jesus just humbled Himself and did it.
2. Serving knowing who you are
Sometimes we do not want to serve because we think the attitude will diminish us. We will feel inferior to the others. For Jesus it was the opposite. He did not have problem serving His disciples because He knew very well who He was. This is the text right before the washing of the apostles’ feet: “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; John 13:3.” Serving our brother and sister should not be problem for us if we knew who we are.
3. Serving even those who will betray us
We should serve not only the people that we like and like us, we should serve everybody. Do not forget that Judas was present when Jesus did that, and he had he’s feet washed by the Lord. “For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. John 13:11-12”
4. Serving with love
The apostle Paul writing to the Galatians puts in this way: “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. Gal. 5:13.” He is saying that the freedom that we have is not to do whatever we want, but we should use our freedom to serve one another in love. Do not forget that the word serve here is the word slave, and the word love is the one used to identify the sacrificial love demonstrated by Jesus for us.
5. Serving having Jesus as our ultimate example
As you can see Jesus is the ultimate example of service. In the gospel of Mark we read this: “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.” And in the book of Philippians Paul wrote a beautiful hymn about the incarnation of our Lord, and this is what he has to say about serving: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Phil. 2:5-7.”
Since Jesus who is God served His disciples and even the one who would betray Him, we should follow His steps and serve one another.
Have a blessed week,