Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
–John 13:16 NIV
At the last supper, Peter didn’t understand why Jesus wanted to wash his feet. Jesus explains in Mark 10:45 (NIV), “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
It may be humbling to think of yourself as a servant, but it is also rewarding. Exhibiting Christ-like character is contrary to the worldview, but it is the true spirit of Christianity. How do you know if you have a serving heart? You see a progression in your life: you are giving more freely, growing, and maturing into Christ-like character. It doesn’t require a special gift just a willing spirit.
When you came to Jesus, you came with sin and a need for salvation. When you accepted Jesus’ free gift, you then became a new creation. You now live life by your faith. Jesus becomes your role model. You serve others without selfish ambition or conceit. True humility produces contentment, godliness, and security knowing, as Matthew 20:26 (NLT) says, “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.”
- Ask the Lord to help you serve others with a pure heart.
- Pray for a humble heart and Christ-like character.