As I rode on the bus today, I began to think about new self serve check out lines at Walmart and the library (And I am sure other places have it too)–no one has to wait on you. It is real simple once you figured out how to use it and I have. I also thought about when you go to a food service establishment or any retail business, there will always be people serving you ( which they are paid to do.) Even some people have servants working for them who are called maids and butlers–they serve the rich. It is nice to get service, isn’t it?
But for the Christian, Jesus has called us to serve and not to be served. I am not saying this applies in the natural world. I am talking about Christians serving people…in love.
Jesus said, “I didn’t come to be served but to serve.” He gave us an example to follow in John 13, when we washed his disciples feet. Peter didn’t realize what Jesus was doing. He thought Jesus was serving him, but Jesus told him he didn’t understand. Later Jesus said, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and you say well, for so I am If I then your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another feet.” Now I know this is about feet washing, but feet washing is serving one another. Jesus says, “What you have seen me do, you do.” In other parts of John. Jesus made it clear that he was called to be served. He also said that no student is greater than the teacher. Jesus, our teacher wants to show by example how we should serve others.
The Apostle Paul wrote that we should use our freedom to serve others in love. Gal5:13 “For you brethren, have been called into liberty; only do not use your liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve another.” Later in the same chapter Paul lists the acts of flesh. If you read through it, you will come across this: “Selfish ambitions.” To me that is doing things for yourself. You think of how to please yourself. Actually that is what anyone does when they act in the flesh–the flesh cares about themselves. Once again, it is the “self serving” attitude. “I want to do what makes ME happy.” As Christians, shouldn’t we strive to please our spirits? Gal 6:8 “For he who sow to the flesh will of the flesh reap destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the spirit reap everlasting life.”
Read over the fruit of the spirits: Love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness and gentleness, etc (Gal 5:22-23) If you serve on another in love, joy and or peace, you are sowing to the Spirit. You can’t serve others if you participate in acts of the flesh.