We all have those stories of incredible and deplorable customer service from restaurants and retail stores. The action of waiters and waitresses, clerks and sales staff, matrades and managers all have an effect on us. These faces of the business have a huge influence if we will venture back again to spend our hard earned resources. The truth is service makes a difference, a huge impact on our choices.
In addition, service can have another powerful influence, yes, in those being served, but also in those who choose to serve, those who take on an attitude of service. Something amazing happens in the lives of those who choose the humble attitude that they are not to be served but to serve.
Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 22:4 The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.
Proverbs 29:23 One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Modest actions and a humble approach change us. They actually bring out our best. We were not designed to harbor pride or take on an entitlement way of life, we were made to follow the humble example of our Lord, Jesus:
Philippians 2:6-7 6 who, though He (Jesus) was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
If Jesus, who is God (John 1:1 &14, 8:58, 10:30-33, Colossians 1:15-17) has taken on the deed and manner of a servant, so should we. I mean if we call ourselves “Christians,” which means ‘like Christ’ we ought to show it! Jesus put it this way…
Mark 10:42-45 42 And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,1 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Earlier in the Gospel of Mark Jesus said…
Mark 9:35 And He sat down and called the twelve. And He said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
And the challenge goes on…
1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Galatians 5:13-14 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
To have the heart and mind of a servant is to care about the people around us, to listen and be interested in their lives, to hear their story, to know their needs…and to as we have the opportunity help them, affirm them, bless them. To be a servant is get involved in your community and volunteer, not looking to be noticed, but to selflessly contribute. Service can also happen in our families and at our church. Yes it will mean sacrifice and changing our schedules…but the blessing of your actions and change within will be well worth it.
There is an amazing change in service. Have you discovered it?
Seeking to serve like Jesus with you,
PS Serving is a key quality of Jesus and this Sunday as we continue in our Sunday teaching series “In the Dust of the Rabbi” we will be talking about the needed qualities to serve like Jesus. We would love for you to join us either in person or listen anytime on line. Our website has the details www.cypresschurch.net