‘Who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves?’ Luke 22:27 NKJV
The world reveres wealth, power, talent and fame. And sometimes it regards service as demeaning. But Jesus used a different yardstick when He asked His disciples, ‘Who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves?’ Then He answered the question by saying, ‘I am among you as the One who serves.’
Paul said that Jesus ‘emptied Himself by taking on the form of a servant.’ (Philippians 2:7 GWT) To be a servant you must first be emptied of self-centredness, and that calls for dying to self. As Christians we like to call ourselves servants, but how do you react when you’re treated like one? In the upper room the disciples all looked for a prominent place to sit, but Jesus looked for a place to serve! And as they waited to be served, He took a basin and washed their dirty, calloused feet. Can you imagine how they felt?
The world bases importance on the number of people serving you, but God is much more interested in the number of people you are serving. He honours those who minister selflessly without complaining or seeking recognition. The truth is, it takes more character to serve others than to sit around waiting to be served.
So here’s the question: are you doing more ‘sitting’ than ‘serving’ these days? If so, it’s time to ask God for a selfless spirit and a servant’s heart, and start looking for opportunities to serve wherever He places you. Why? Because Jesus lived to serve and His Word to you is: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ (John 15:20 NKJV)
SoulFood: Num 14–15, Mark 3:1–6, Ps 37:1–7, Pro 11:1–2
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024