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Serving Others

For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.  Luke 22:27

The Bible is filled with thoughts on service or serving others that are quite different from what we experience in every day life.  We tend to think of servants as being “low” on the list of jobs that people want to have.

And yet, it amazes me how Christ says He came to serve us. The Creator who didn’t need hands to create this earth came down and chose to serve. I shake my head when I think about it. Some say He was a great teacher and He was. Some say He was a great healer and He was. Some say He was a great friend and He was that too.

But He was also a great Servant — a seldom seen trait in our leaders and “ordinary” people these days. We see cheating, lying, deception, bribery — but service? A rare trait indeed.

Jesus said: But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.  Matthew 23:11

It’s hard to follow in the footsteps of Christ who came to show us how to do “it.”

Especially hard is serving someone who is ungrateful, wouldn’t you say? Yet many of us are just that — ungrateful. And still He came to serve us.

It requires a certain kind of love to be able to serve as Jesus did and only He can put that kind of love in our hearts. I want it! And the best part is that He is willing to give it to me — it’s mine, and yours, just for the asking.

 

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