For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves. – Luke 22:27
Jesus was the greatest. Why? He was the greatest because He was God—holy, omnipotent, omniscient, and perfect! He was also the greatest because He was the servant of all. He ultimately served mankind by dying on the cross in our place, to save us from the Father’s wrath, and to make us His children. What can we learn from Him as one who served?
I watch to see which of my grandchildren is learning how to serve, but, even more importantly, to serve on his or her own initiative and cheerfully. I want to see if they jump up to clear the table, ask how they can help, and look for ways to serve their siblings or cousins. What have they learned at home from Mom and Dad? What do they see their parents doing? That is what they will do. How they serve reflects on their training at home, as well as their relationship with God.
How do you view yourself—as a servant of Christ, or as a Christian who serves occasionally? There is a tremendous difference in self-awareness and in outcome. Jesus did not simply serve others; He was a servant of all and viewed Himself as such. His service flowed from His humble, loving nature and was not an appendage or duty to perform. All His serving came from viewing Himself as a humble servant, even though He was Lord and Creator of all.
How do you view yourself? It will impact your every thought and action. If you view yourself as a servant, even when you fail, you can appeal to your Lord for restoration: “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments” (Psalm 119:176). Remember, you are always His sheep! You are always His servant!
Stephen Scott Nelson
Atlanta House Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Kings 8:1-66
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