Jesus said to the Apostles in Matthew 20:24-28: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” He said to them elsewhere that the greatest among them would be “servant of all.” With Jesus as our perfect example we can see that our duty in life is to serve others as well as we can.
There are certain people, whom I admire greatly, that devote their entire working lives to the service of others. Nurses are one and military service personnel are another. For most of us devoting our lives to serving others is a difficult thing to do. It seems to go against our nature and diametrically opposes the modern philosophy taught in our schools that we should look our for number one and always put ourselves first.
More than anything, selfless service to others is an attitude that we must cultivate in ourselves if we are to be pleasing to God. We may not be able to devote our entire lives to service, but we should always stand ready to help others even if it means a sacrifice on our part.
Jesus was the ultimate servant to all, when He gave His life on the cross that we may be reconciled to God and stand whole and sinless before Him, having our sins forgiven. Though we could never do a thing even close to as great as His sacrifice, we should keep His example in mind and always be ready to help others in any way we can. That’s not to say we should fall victim to every charlatan that comes along asking for a handout, but we should use wisdom to discern true need and not fail to meet it when the opportunity arises.
If we do not care for others we cannot properly care for our God. Jesus said in John 13:35: “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” If we love one another we are a true disciple of Jesus and our love for God is manifested in our love for others. It is only natural if we love God that we will love others, especially those that we know are living Christ in their lives as we are also striving to do.
So, we should ask ourselves today: what changes can we make in our lives so that we can better serve others? Those loving parents that devote much of their lives to rearing children are to be admired, also. We, as members of our families, can work to serve the other members by giving them our time and our help so that they may reach their full potential in their day to day lives.
We should also reach out to others and help and be observant, because the person or persons in need may not always ask for help. If we fail to help others and always be on the lookout to help, we fail our Lord as well as those that need the help. Read also Matthew 25:31-46. Our salvation depends on us learning to serve and to help those in need.
The greatest thing we can give to others is the message of the gospel. Mark 16: 16 a tells us: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” If we can get this message out to those whom we meet in our everyday lives we will be truly serving all, as Jesus would have us do. We should not only take in what we hear in church or from others in our spiritual lives, but we must also learn to give spiritually by sharing the gospel with others and thus do them the greatest service we could possibly do for them.
So, let us learn to be godly in our lives by seeing how well we can learn to live for others and not just blindly pursue our own interests as if others do not matter. Jesus is the greatest servant of all and if we can learn to be even a fraction as caring and compassionate as He is, we can be great in the kingdom of heaven. Not that such should be our goal, but we should do it because the Lord requires it and it is the right thing to do.
May God bless and keep you until next time.