Vision | Devotion #4: Humbly Serving
Donna Fox | Assistant to the Growth Pastor
You have likely heard the stories of Jesus serving. Whether you have been around church your whole life, or you are new to the church, you have heard the stories. Jesus healed the sick, He fed the hungry, He washed the disciples’ feet, and ultimately He died for our sins on the cross.
Consider 1 Samuel 12:24: “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” Did you catch that? “What great things he has done for you.” He served you and me by dying on the cross for our sins and making a way for our salvation! “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
As Christians, we are to be Christ-like, to look to the examples of Christ serving in the Bible and be like Him. If we are to be “Christ-like,” then we, too, are to serve. What does that look like?
I think our church body does a pretty good job of being servants. We have greeters at the door, welcoming with a smile. We have wonderful volunteers in the nursery taking care of our precious babies. The list is without end.
We also have wonderful ministries that provide clothing and food for the community, visit those in the hospital or homebound, provide meals for those recently hospitalized, and have a prayer chain for those in need of prayer. The list can include everyone.
But why do we do it? Why do we volunteer, sign up, and commit to giving our time and resources to help others? We do it to follow Jesus’ example, to be “Christ-like.” Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Serving others, humbly, was modeled by Jesus. Matthew 20:28 shows Jesus’ purpose, “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus’ life can be summarized in two words: humbly serving. Galatians 5:13 (NIV) says, “Serve one another humbly in love.”
It is by Jesus’ example that we humbly serve one another. Look around you today and in the days ahead and see where you can help someone out with a meal, babysitting, or an encouraging word. There are so many ways to humble ourselves and serve another, but we need to keep our eyes open and be aware. Opportunities are all around every day!
John 13:15 summarizes it beautifully: “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.”