Serving Others

“For who is greater, the one who is at the table, or the one who serves?
Is it not the one who is at the table?
But I am among you as one who serves.”
Luke 22:27

 

This verse was not in my Gift Bag of Bible Verses. It should have been. Luke 22 was the Chapter I was to read today in my daily Devotions.

Perhaps while collecting this bag of Bible Verses, I didn’t prioritize being “servant hearted.”

Or, like most of us, we prefer to sit at the table and have someone serve us rather than serving?

Isn’t it wonderful to have a meal prepared for you and catered to the table? What a treat. This is especially true for those of us who have served meals to our families all our lives.

Sometimes it is a thankless job. When something is not up to snuff, or even slightly burnt, do the comments gush forth?

When we make a fabulous meal …the compliments don’t always come? Not always.

We don’t work for the praise of man, but for the glory of God. Right? But gratitude is also a good quality to show.

We think of ourselves. What we get out of what we do. But when we serve like Jesus served, we do it with a servant’s heart, not looking for thanks, just serving because we serve a mighty God who calls us to serve! Jesus is our model, and he laid down his life for us in service!

Not too many of us can give like that. The more we learn to serve with a humility that radiates unspoken gratitude to God, the more we reflect Jesus.

Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit to empower us to serve more and more and imitate our Lord Jesus.

As we ask in prayer, the Lord will help us with His grace and power through the Holy Spirit. But we must ask Him to help us be servant-like in our service to Him.

People will notice the difference. Where once there was a proud person, now one will do things for others deeds that are quite humble.

I remember seeing a pastor vacuum the floor after our Vacation Bible School week at a Church I attended. That spoke volumes to me.

And when I was a young mom, had a few kids doing groceries, and the manager of the store assisted me by bringing my cart out to the car and helping me unload the groceries into the car! He didn’t have to do that. He chose to! What a kind act.

So, as I matured in my journey of faith, I have learned to put myself after those I serve. How about you?

Sometimes even our serving gets misunderstood by those we serve. “Serving” is such an uncommon word these days that people don’t know what to think of it.

My mother modeled a servant’s heart. She served quietly. During her last years we got to return the favour.

Momma was easy to serve because she was a person who loved to serve. We served her gladly.

She reflected her Saviour’s heart well.

What about you and me?

Can we serve without expecting gain? Can we do it for Jesus?

He was the ultimate servant, and we must model our lives following His example.

We can lean on His grace, and others will notice.

But to God be the glory always.

 

“God is not unjust;
He will not forget your work and the love you have shown
Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”
Hebrews 6:10
“For you were called to freedom, brothers.
Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity
for the flesh,
but through love serve one another.”
Galations 5:13

 

 

 

 

 

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