Servant #5 – Serve Above our Circumstances
Mike Fox | Production Director
When I think of serving others, I get excited. Helping a neighbor, family member, or friend with a task is easy for me. Everyone has his or her own gifts, but it brings me joy to know I can help someone else. Serving comes easy for some and others not as easy. What is great is there are so many different ways to serve others.
Jesus called us to serve, in Mark 9:35, “And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” And in 1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”
Jesus gave us the ultimate example; He came to earth as God’s Son, and as man. He showed us how to serve others with many examples Himself.
Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
John 15:12-13 adds, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
It is easy to be caught up in what “we” feel is necessary for our lives. It is easy to find excuses not to serve. I like to reflect on two truths from John 13:1-5 when that happens in my life:
“Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
- Jesus knew He was going to die, but He served His disciples by washing their feet in the midst of that struggle.
- Evil was present (Judas would betray Him), and it did not stop Him from serving.
What is important to remember is whom you are serving. We reach out to our family, to our friends. The purpose should always be to reach them for the cause of Christ. Our desire as a church is to Reach the Lost, Gather with the Saints, and Grow in the Word. Reaching the lost can start by serving others, sometimes in the smallest way, and bringing them to a relationship with Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”