By: Tim Sader
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
The bible instructs us to serve others and to serve the Lord. When we serve the Lord we must do it with all that we are spirit, soul and body. We are to love Him, fear Him and walk in all His ways that are righteous and lead to blessings (Deuteronomy 10:12). Serving the Lord is a conscious choice we have been given for our household and us (Joshua 24:15). When we make this choice we are doing as the Lord asks and will reap the rewards for doing so. When we serve God we are to put our all into it, we must be zealous and have an intense willingness to serve our creator in every way we can (Romans 12:11). He made each of us and gave us the choice to serve him or not, it’s just a simple choice. When we make that choice to serve him, whatever we do we should do it as we would if Christ was the one asking us to (Colossians 3:23-24). When we serve others we serve Him. Because of Jerusalem being humbled the Lord decides not to destroy them by the hand of their enemy. He does teach them that serving the Lord is better then serving foreign kings by making them his subjects (2 Chronicles 12:7-8). Even in captivity God instructs them to serve their enemies instead of fearing them. Gedaliah reassures his men that it will be well with them (Jeremiah 40:9). Even the worst job in the world goes better when we choice to humble ourselves, grin and bear it.
A great example of being humble and serving can be found when Abigail became David’s wife. She humbled herself and went far beyond her duties by not only caring for her master but being sure to even wash the feet of his servants (1 Samuel 25:41). She truly had a gift to serve others. Serving is a spiritual gift and by serving this gift is fulfilled in the one who’s being the humble servant. As you know there are many spiritual gifts and all gifts are to be used to serve others. When you learn to us the various gifts God has given you to serve you are using it how it was meant to be used (1 Peter 4:10). We are called to be shepherds by serving others not because of selfish gain or out of obligation but because we love the Lord and by serving we set an example to those the Lord has given us to minister to (1 Peter 5:2-3). When we serve and minister to our flock we must do it wholeheartedly like we are serving the Lord Himself. Ultimately he will be the one to reward us for the good we’ve done despite our circumstances (Ephesians 6:7-8). When Christ was crucified He was at His weakest but the power of God made him alive again and made it possible for Him to live inside us all. That same power Christ had and his desire to serve is also in us so we should live to serve others (2 Corinthians 13:4). Today’s scripture sometimes to be first we must be humble enough to be last. I remember a story of a man whose cripple adult son wanted to be in a triathlon so his father trained and with some modifications he carried, pushed and pulled his son through the race. Winning was never the issue it didn’t matter if they finished last as long as they finished. To everyone’s surprise they did not finish last but got first place though it seemed impossible. By serving this father fulfilled his sons dream. To be the greatest we must be willing to serve others and to be slaves to making their life better. When they get to where God wants them because of your kindness then you finish in a better place (Matthew 20:26-28). Christ is our example He did not come to be served He came to serve by giving His life so we can all win the prize. Our mission is to serve and help others finish first and win that prize with us.
We must be careful and listen to that spirit inside of us if we hear new or strange doctrine that is contrary to the word of God in the bible. People will deceive some by making lip service like they’re serving God but only for their own gain they will trick the naïve (Romans 16:17-18). If we’re slaves or obligated to do something such as a job we should give full respect by doing it as if we were doing it for the Lord. If we are serving a fellow believer we should even serve them better because they also believe and will benefit with us (1 Timothy 6:1-2). We need to always be ready to serve both believers and non-believers alike. We are called to serve by being servants and serving everyone in whatever way the Lord may lead us to. Last week we learned that by serving and doing the Lords will that we will receive his blessings. To serve we must always be humble and ready to help our fellow man by using our gifts to reach out to them. When we serve we must remember we are serving as we would serve God himself. Showing his love to others is the true heart of the servant and we must always serve full-heartedly and for Gods glory. As did those in these places we must turn from what we know is wrong and choose to serve the one and only living God. By choosing to follow Him we are choosing to be rescued on the day of wrath and the Lords final judgment (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10). Christ gave His life because we are not destine for wrath so be a shepherd, grow your flock and serve your sheep so none will perish.