Serving with a Servant's Heart: Embracing the Call to Serve

We Above Me
John 13:1-17

This act of serving by Jesus, despite knowing the impending sacrifice He was to endure, stands as one of the greatest demonstrations of selflessness and love for others. Can you even begin to fathom the emotions and weight He carried knowing He would be crucified the next day? Yet, in the face of such immense turmoil, Jesus set aside His own feelings and desires to serve and elevate those around Him, even those who would later betray or deny Him.

The passage "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others" (Philippians 2:3) serves as a poignant reminder of the essence of true service. It emphasizes the importance of placing the needs and well-being of others above our own, and approaching every act of service with humility and selflessness.

In a world that often glorifies self-interest and personal gain, this verse challenges us to adopt a mindset of "we above me," where serving others becomes a priority over our own desires. Jesus' example of sacrificial love and unwavering service is a reminder of the profound impact we can have when we put the interests of others before our own. Embracing a spirit of humility and selfless service not only reflects the teachings of Jesus but also brings us closer to embodying the true essence of love and compassion.


Service Above Status
John 13:3-8

Imagine the most powerful and majestic being in the universe, the King of Kings, the Lord of all, the Alpha and Omega, the Lion and the Lamb, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, getting down on His knees and washing the feet of His disciples. This powerful image serves as a reminder that true greatness lies in serving others selflessly, regardless of our status or perceived importance.

When we consider our own status in this world - whether we think we are too old, too young, too wealthy, too powerful, or too something - we must remember the words of Jesus in Mark 10:31: "But many who are the greatest now will be the least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then." In the kingdom of God, the values of this world are reversed. Status and importance here on earth hold no weight in the eternal realm.

Our society may promote a culture of seeking status and power, but Jesus teaches us that true greatness comes from humbly serving others. Those who are willing to set aside their own pride and agenda to serve with love and humility are the ones who will be exalted in the kingdom of heaven. Let us not be swayed by the distorted values of this world, but instead strive to follow the example of Jesus, who showed us that the path to true greatness is found in selfless service to others.

If the King of Kings, the Lord of the Universe, the Alpha and Omega, Jesus Christ Himself, in all His majesty and glory, could humble Himself to serve others, then who are we to consider ourselves too great or too important to do the same? Jesus set aside His divine status and power to wash the feet of His disciples, demonstrating the ultimate act of humility and selflessness.

Calling Above Comfort
John 13:12-17

Serving is far from comfortable; it demands hard work, it can be messy and challenging, and it often requires sacrifice. It may even feel like it's beneath you at times. But despite all this, serving is worth every effort and sacrifice. When you choose to put your calling to love God's people, serve His church, and follow Jesus above any level of comfort or convenience, you are embracing a higher purpose.

Just as Jesus understood the difficulties and challenges that lay ahead, he still chose to serve selflessly. Jesus knew the importance of serving others, and he set the perfect example for us to follow. When we prioritize serving others and embodying the love and compassion of Christ, we are living out the highest calling possible.

So, when you find yourself in a situation where serving feels uncomfortable or demanding, remember that you are walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Embrace the challenges, the hard work, and the sacrifice, knowing that by serving others, you are reflecting the image of Christ in the most profound way. In those moments of selfless service, you are truly shining brightly as a beacon of Christ's love and grace in the world.