Way #33. Serve 20:20-28 Friday 11 April Kemu Qoroya
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.
I often wonder what it would be like to hang out with Jesus. I often ask myself what would Jesus do in a given situation. Jesus’ message and life was one of service to others where we show love and kindness to everyone, even to those who do not treat us well.
There have been times when I couldn’t be bothered about serving others. When I feel like I’m the only one giving, serving, loving or being kind to others. In my selfishness, I put myself first, my needs, my this and that and in the end I’m self focused and everything revolves around me. I get frustrated and angry when things are not going my way. I lose my joy and often stress out over nothing. However, the opposite happens when I choose to serve. I warm to people. I’m hospitable. I’m loving and a whole lot of positive feelings overcome me when I make the decision to serve.
Through service comes humility, perseverance, resistance, resilience, etc. I often find purpose, drive and a sense of contributing towards something great when I’m serving others. I’m often reminded by this quote from Martin Luther King.
The bible says that whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant. Martin Luther King summarised it well when he said, “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.”
As followers of Christ, we are challenged by his life of service. He hung out with those who are marginalised and sought justice for those who have been done hard by. He ate and drank with tax collectors and people whom we shun. He served all the way to the cross so we could have life.
As we look forward to Easter, lets examine the ways Jesus lived and served and find ways of how you and I can continue to be of service to others. And as you serve, be reminded that you are not doing it for yourself but for others. For it is through serving others that we find joy. Seeing the fruits of your service is a reward in itself and brings a sense of greatness. That you’re contributing to something great.
“Everybody can be great because any body can serve” – MLK
Be great and let your life be a life of service.
– Kemu Qoroya