Humbly Serve

Being a Christian is synonymous with being a servant.  We are called to serve.

Jesus taught this in the story of the Rich Young Ruler.  Luke 18:18-29.  The question the young man asked was, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus’ answer may be surprising for He said, “Sell everything you have and give to the poor and you will  have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.”
This man had made his gold his god.  Jesus is putting as priority the service to others. 

The story Jesus told concerning the Good Samaritan is an act of service.  Luke 10:25-37.  The question again is asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus’ answer includes putting God first and foremost in one’s life and “love your neighbor as yourself.”  The question then is raised as to who is your neighbor?  Jesus tells the story of the Samaritan who helped a needy Jewish man who had been robbed and beaten.  A priest and Levite saw the wounded man but did not help.
So, who was the neighbor?  The Samaritan who did what he could to help the fallen man.  Jesus is teaching that our neighbor is anyone, anywhere who has need whom we can help.

Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 25:32-46 concerning judgment includes service.  Jesus said; “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me,  I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”  How is all this done to Jesus?  He said, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”  As we serve others, we serve Jesus.

All of these teachings are illustrated by Jesus in His actions in the upper room in Jerusalem on Thursday before His crucifixion.
John 13: 4-5… Jesus took a towel, girded Himself, filled a basin with water and washed the disciples’ feet.  What a scene of humility and service. God wearing an apron and washing dirty feet.  How unbelievable.  No wonder Peter protested by telling Jesus not to wash his feet. That was no task for the unique Son of God to be doing.  Yet, God in flesh came to earth to serve.  Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Out of humility, we must serve.  Join the order of the girded towel.  Jesus taught and lived that  “the greatest of all, is the servant of all.”  

 

2 Responses to “Humbly Serve”

  1. Max , this is one of my favorite parables ! When I was teaching Kindergarten I would let the children act out this story . They all wanted to be the Good Samaritan or the one that was hurt ! No one wanted to be the “bad guys”
    I am so gad that Jesus used Parables to illustrate how we should treat others and live our lives to please God the Father .
    Love and Prayers, Joann

  2. Dear Max,

    Thank you for your devotionals. I still call Ollie every Sunday at the nursing home in Nacogdoches. She still has all the devotionals that I copied for her before you published your book. She says that she asks some of the nurse aids to read one from time to time. Darlena and I continue to be blessed with our family and friends.

    Mark

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