Week 4, Day 2
Serving Like Jesus
By: Karen Larios-Shearer
“…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.”
Any act that we do as humans cannot compensate for the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus paid for our sins. How can we serve like Jesus? The truth is we don’t always feel like serving period, let alone suffering for someone who is a stranger. We are put on this Earth to serve and with zeal! (Romans 12:11) We are called to serve like Jesus, to put everything aside for him… but often there is so much in the way. From convenience to comfortability, it is sometimes hard to answer the call. Have you ever got up in the morning and thought about having a day where you didn’t have to serve anyone? No spouse/children to attend to, no work, no school, no responsibility or accountability…
It is counter to everything our American culture professes. We have to fight against the pronoun “ME” daily to serve “HIM”. This is our life mission, and everything else gets in the way. Servant is mentioned 489 times in the New King James, it is a major principal of the faith to serve and serve well. The standard that Christ sets is with his blood, the ultimate service to us. The Lord turned from Jesus, so he doesn’t have to turn from us. As Christians there is a higher standard, a higher morality to be in service to all, and to emulate our Savior and King.
How do we serve others? Through being constant in attending to the needs of others, by being spouses, children, parents, employees, friends, neighbors, strangers that give more than we receive. Christ gave his life, not receive.
I personally have gone through seasons where I’m “tired” of serving and want to hide behind my school work and rotating work schedule. I say things like “I’ve got a lot on my plate, I don’t have time to be serving.” I then am reminded of how lucky I am to be serving in the first place. I do believe it is ok to step back and reevaluate what's on your plate to see what things you can take off and keep on. However, serving can be done in so many capacities. Taking up a role at church, taking a friend out to lunch, listened to one's problems, running errands for someone, checking in on a friend or family member, praying, the list goes on. There are many different ways we can serve those around us.
I encourage you to think about how you can serve someone today whether the act be big or small, it can make all the difference in ones day.
“Prayer in action is love, and love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment. The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through your actions by giving your time … We are all God’s children so it is important to share His gifts. Do not worry about why problems exist in the world – just respond to people’s needs … We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but that ocean would be less without that drop.“- Mother Teresa