Have you ever wondered about Christian service? Our greatest example, Jesus, can shed some light into the subject.
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.
Jesus came to serve and to give his life–in other words, he came to serve humanity and bring humanity’s redemption. Outside of accomplishing the work of the cross, service was Christ’s agenda. He wasn’t looking for pay or position. He simply did everything He saw the Father doing (John 5:19). Christ just served. He did it without expecting anything in return–no praise, no thanks, no returned favors, no rewards, nothing! He just did it out of love.
If our desire is to be like Jesus, then living to serve others without any expectations is an essential part of our existence. When this is our aim, then we will not have to try to find purpose in our service. We don’t have to serve out of obligation alone or because we feel like we are being bad Christians if we don’t serve. We do not have to serve our church family to become accepted by them or to be recognized by them. We also will not feel like we are expected to serve, but that we get to serve.
Service is something we get to do as people that are called to be like Christ. It is something becomes natural as we gain the compassion of Christ in our hearts. When we spend time with Him, we become more like Him. That is how we can feel the things he feels and want the things that he wants. For example: our love for others through service.
The recorded life of Christ on earth is our example of how to serve. His teachings show us how. His Holy Spirit reminds us of His word and empowers us to serve. The lessons available to us through the Bible on service are endless (the gospels are a great place to start). Pray and ask God what you can do for Him or for other people in your life.
Let us think of a new motto for our lives–“I did not come to be served, but to serve.”