Serve

“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Fulfillment in life is found not in being served, but in serving others. Dr. King understood this reality as he derived his teaching from the both the words and example of Jesus, the Servant Lord. Jesus turned the world upside down (or perhaps better said, turned the world right-side up) in his teaching about the kingdom of God:

 “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)

“Not so with you.” Four words from Jesus that radically redefined what life in God’s kingdom ought to look like.

Jesus not only taught about a life of service, he modeled it for his followers as well. Just a few hours before he offered his life on the cross. As the ultimate act of service, Jesus gathered his followers together for one last meal. Taking the posture of a servant, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The Gospel of John records how Jesus helped his disciples grasp what he had done for them:

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (John 13:12-17)

Bill Hybels said, “You are never more like Jesus then when you take up the towel and serve others.” At Christ Community Church, we seek to follow the example of Jesus by serving others in the places we live, work, learn and play.

“Like Jesus we belong to the world living not for ourselves but for others. The joy of the Lord is our strength.” (Mother Theresa)