We are most like Christ when we are serving others. Serving others is the last thing on the minds of this “Me-First” generation. We are always looking for people to serve us and our needs. How can you and I have more influence for Christ in this world?
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:25-28) [emphasis added].
This is a theologically rich text, but I want to look at one aspect of this text: Servanthood.
Christ, the Lord of all, came into this world to serve. Let that sink in for a minute. Jesus didn’t come to be friends with people and rulers; He did not come to be liked. He came to serve. The first thing we must have in order to be good servants is humility. We need to learn to get over ourselves.
The Gospel allows us to lay our pride aside and our egos and get on our hands and knees to serve others. Sometimes we have to lay aside our degrees, our job titles, our “ministries” and get in the dirt with people to help them. Serving others should be done with an attitude of gratitude and love. The love of Christ compels us to ministry.
Jesus Christ is our greatest example of what it means to be a servant. One of the most amazing and mind-blowing Scriptures in the Bible is Philippians 2:5-9. This is known among theologians as the kenosis or self-emptying of Christ. We are to have the mindset or attitude of Christ. Christ took on humanity and became like us to serve us.
Serving others is the greatest thing we can do for others. We serve humbly. Christianity is an upside-down religion. The way up is down, the way to be great is to be the least. To follow Christ is to swerve the curve and serve.