We read in Mark 10;45 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.” Then tie that in with what He said to his disciples in John 13:14-17:
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Our Saviour came into this world on a serving mission and He sends us out into our lives on a serving mission. We live amongst a “let them serve me” culture in the West. It is our call though, to turn this culture upside down. We are to display and create a “serving” culture. Anything else is a misrepresentation of our Master and Lord. In John 13:1-17 our Lord displays His serving character in the most menial and abasing way, by washing His disciples feet. We show we follow such a Master by exhibiting similar behaviour.
So I challenge you and myself about our attitude in going to church tomorrow. Will we go to be served or to serve? Will we be thinking about what blessings I can get or what blessings I can give? The pattern established by our Master shows which way we should go.
So as we prepare for the Lord’s Day which is Resurrection Sunday, tomorrow, let us seek to be displayers of the living Lord Jesus in serving one another. Think and pray about who you could go and speak to. Consider what service you could render to someone which could bless them. I feel we lose out individually and collectively in our churches because we have the wrong attitude towards the church and its activities.
Let us remember we serve a Lord who came not to be served, but to serve. And that service was to the giving up of His own life-blood on the cross. What will i give up so as to bless someone tomorrow?