just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28
Christ’s short time on this Earth is a true picture of how Christians should live out their life. Jesus Christ could have spent His time only preaching/teaching, but He came to serve, not to be served. We live in a world that is suffering from hurt, anger, depression, abuse, etc. and we as Christians are called to love and serve those who are in need. Jesus Christ gave up so much to pour into the lives of the broken, and He calls us to do the same.
Jesus Christ came to serve and did it with humility and no regrets. The religious leaders and Pharisees during the time of Christ were not really focused on love, but more so on being served rather that serving those in need. They failed to see the picture of who God really is and put an emphasis on works rather than true faith and love. Out of love, Christ not only told them what true faith was, He lived it out! In Mark 9 we see the disciples discussing who would be the greatest, while right before their eyes Jesus Christ was showing them greatness is achieved through humbly serving the poor, healing the sick, and feeding the hungry. Jesus Christ was living out His command to them: “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9: 35).
As believers, God’s love for us should drive us to action. We should be on fire to serve others not only because we love them, but because we want to show them Christ’s love. We should not be known for how righteous we are or how often we go to church, but should be known for our serving heart and for our humility. Through our acts of service, we can profess to the world that not only do we know God but our love for Him is what drives us to care for those in need. 1 John 3:18, reminds us not to just love with our words to but to also act on that love in truth.
I encourage you to examine your hearts today and ask yourself and God what service looks like in your life. Jesus met the needs of the people that He came across. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, fed the hungry, cast out demons, etc., and He taught the Word. Who has God placed in your life that has a need waiting to be met? At times it may be difficult or challenging, but we are called to live as Christ did. We are called to serve those who are in need and to show them Christ love in everything we do. I would like for you to join me as I challenge myself to be intentional in my daily interactions, and recognize the needs of those that God has placed in my life for specific reasons. Ask yourself, “how can I serve ____ today?” Maybe it can just be a simple act of giving a co worker a glass of water or helping them on a project, or spending time with a friend who may feel alone, or visiting a sick family member. If God has placed someone on your heart to serve, pray and act on it. We are Jesus Christ’s representative on this earth, and just as He served those in need, we too should act in a similar manner.