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I get it. Serving can be hard. Serving can be draining. Serving can be thankless. Serving isn’t always glamorous. Serving can just be flat out troublesome. No matter how difficult, unappreciated, or frivolous serving can be, I still want to serve. That thought may seem crazy to you, but it makes perfect sense to me. Jesus came to the Earth and defied all the expectations. Instead of coming to Earth as this powerful king ready to conquer Roman rule and establish Israel as the king of the hill, he exuded obedience, humility, and love. So, because of what Jesus did for me, I am called to serve
Called to Serve with Obedience
Jesus’ work on Earth was nothing but obedience to the Father. His life and ministry were focused on exactly what the Father wanted him to do, and it was his task to carry out every little detail of the Father’s plan. In a similar manner, we should obey our call to serve others, not to glorify ourselves, but to glorify Christ.
Called to Serve with Humility
It’s pretty evident that Jesus practiced humility. The Son of Man didn’t come to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45), which as I already mentioned, was not what any of the Jewish leaders at the time expected him to be like. The disciples didn’t expect it either! Quickly consider Peter’s remarks to Jesus as he was preparing to wash the disciple’s feet (John 13:6-8). I firmly believe that the Lord sometimes calls us to serve in capacities that >is meant to humble us. Honestly, sometimes we need to be taken down a peg because we think too highly of ourselves, and too lowly of God. So in everything we do, we should be reminded that Jesus served in capacities that aren’t glorifying to himself, and we should do the same.
Called to Serve with Love
Jesus loves everyone so much, that he was willing to die for something he never did. How amazing is that? Like Jesus, everything we do should be rooted in love. Jesus says that the greatest commandment is to love God with all that you are, followed by loving your neighbor as you love yourself. We are told to follow these commandments, yet we often neglect them. Realistically it’s hard to love that college kid that cut you off in traffic or that guy who scammed you out of hundreds of dollars, but at the end of the day, you are no greater than them. Jesus came to Earth so that everyone could be free from the bondage of sin, in that regard, as a Christian, you should be representing Christ to everyone. The way you act, speak, or deal with individuals is what people think about when you say you are a Christian. I think we all lack in this area and need to learn to love people more and criticize less. So above all things, serving with love is paramount as a believer and should be our main motive in serving others.
To conclude, there are going to be times where serving in a ministry is hard, where you just want to throw in the towel and give up. Sometimes taking a break is necessary. We need to care for ourselves. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop serving. Serving is more than helping in Preschool, Children’s, Student Ministries, etc., but rather a lifestyle. Jesus didn’t only serve when it was convenient for him, but his life was a life of servitude. Jesus also knew when he needed to retreat from people and be by himself (Luke 5:16). I pray that we reflect this lifestyle as well and start serving people with obedience, humility, and love.