Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28
I’m excited about our “Invite Your One” challenge this Sunday. How might God honor our efforts in inviting our friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors to join us in worshipping Him? I hope everybody will at least put forth the effort to invite somebody. Yes, many might not come. Yes, some will say they are coming and won’t show up. But, some will gladly receive our invitations and come. The gospel will be proclaimed and maybe some will gloriously be saved. Please invite somebody and please pray for God to change lives this Sunday. (Don’t forget that we will have lunch after the 2nd service.)
This week I want to continue our conversation about creating a church culture by talking about having a culture of servanthood. Our Lord was a servant. In Luke 22:27, Jesus specified that He was among us as “One who serves.” In Matthew 20:28, He specifies that He didn’t come to be served but to serve. The word “serve” is a pretty mundane word that literally means “to wait on people.” It is the Greek word “diakeneo” which is used of a table waiter or a busboy. As followers of Jesus, we are to give ourselves to serve others. If we are honest, most of us don’t get too excited about serving others.
Servanthood definitely requires selflessness. Jesus gave us a great example in John 13 when He, as the Teacher and leader, of the disciples got a towel and some water and washed the dirty feet of the disciples. He gave them (and us) an example of serving others. If Jesus came to serve, it should never be below any of us to serve others. In the church, we have lots of behind the scenes people who love to serve. They are often the first to get to a function to help set up and often the last to leave after things have been cleaned up. It sure is easy to come and enjoy ministries and not hang around to help clean up.
Bottom line, if we want to be like Jesus, we must become servants. What I’ve learned over the years, it is actually pretty fun to serve together with other believers. Whether it is a church function or a mission trip, serving together builds strong bonds and helps us to grow in Christlikeness. If serving others is not your cup of tea, ask the Lord to give you more of a servant heart. I can’t help but think that would be a pray that God would be glad to answer in our lives. In what area should you be serving? Who can you serve today? Let’s be a church marked by servanthood! Ready? Set? Serve!