“Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.”
Mark 10:43 (The Message)
Many of those in the Bible who are known as great were also called servants. For example, Moses (Numbers 12:7 and Deuteronomy 34:5), Daniel (Daniel 6:20), Caleb (Numbers 14:24) and Isaiah (Isaiah 20:3).
To be like Jesus is to be a servant—that’s what he called himself, “The son of man did not come to be served, but to serve…” (Matthew 20:28 NKJV). “I am among you as he that serveth” (Luke 22:27 KJV). He was willing to give up his rights and to obey his Father and serve us. “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant…” (Philippians 2:7 KJV).
When we serve humanity, many times we won’t get recognition from them, and if that is our motivation we will be disappointed, for often we will be confronted with ingratitude. Our desire must be to give our best to God, as Mary did, serving Jesus by washing his feet with her hair. He said, “She has done a good work for me” (Mark 14:6 NKJV).
I came across something a man wrote in the 1800s who lived to the age of 89, and died in 1890. This is what he wrote: “God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission…I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught; I shall do good—I shall do his work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place…Therefore I will trust him. Whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve him. In perplexity, my perplexity may serve him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what he is about. He may take away my friends, he may throw me among strangers, he may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me—still He knows what he is about.” I think we can all relate to that, and it especially appeals to me because his name was Cardinal Newman!
It says in Galatians 6:10 (NLT), “Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” Our Church family is to be given preference. “If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded” (Matthew 10:42 NLT). As John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, as long as you ever can.”
Let’s strive to follow in his footsteps and be the best servants we can, as we “serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2 KJV).
Thank you, Father, for reminding us that we are here to serve. Please help us to take advantage of every opportunity and serve with gladness.
Study by Jill Newman