Jun2SunJune 2, 2019
"And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all,
and servant of all." (Mark 9:35)
Servanthood is the way of life for the disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church thrives when it is filled with people who want to serve in some capacity to make things work. The key ingredient for serving is Love – Love for God and love for people. Paul said it like this, "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another (Gal. 5:13).”
Jesus used the tradition of washing feet as an example of serving within the Church. Serving involves love, humility, sincerity, and sacrifice. It is the highest honor and most rewarding position within the Body of Christ. Many are called but few are chosen and I believe serving is a key factor in determining who gets chosen.
Serving in the Church, Body of Christ, Kingdom of God is not an unprincipled position. The first Deacons who were chosen had to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for serving in that position (waiting on tables). They had to have a good report amongst their peers — men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom (Acts 6:3). The word of God describes good and faithful servants as well as wicked servants; lazy or slothful servants, wise, evil, and unprofitable servants.
When Jesus sat down and called the twelve Disciples/Apostles, He taught them as well as us today a very important rule of the Kingdom: If you desire to be first in rank, position, order, or importance, be last and serve everyone. His demonstration with the towel and washing their feet was the epitome of serving. The higher your position, the greater humility in your serving. Jesus didn’t come to be served, He came to serve.
To all of you who do serve, thank you and may the Lord reward your labor of love to the Saints—The King of kings, and Lord of lords is our example. Step Into It!
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men…(Phil. 2:5-7)”