“even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Matthew 20:28
Every Mother’s Day excited kids across the country attempt to serve their moms by doing something they never do on any other day of the year. I bet you know what I’m talking about; serving them breakfast in bed. Mother’s Day is the one day a year where kids find joy mothering their mothers. Of course, mothers don’t necessarily get that same joy because they might have to choke down burnt toast, noodles with syrup and other elfish collaborations created by their kids. But no mom ever says a peep about how the food is cooked but instead gives thanks because she loves her kids enough not to hurt them and she loves them enough to applaud any effort at serving.
Face it, as a kid the last thought on your mind was how to serve others: you were busy being served. For kids that’s normal, we can’t do everything that needs to be done and parents do their job by serving us, but as we grow we start to learn to do things for others. As we grow we become acquainted with a very crucial aspect of serving, and that is dying. See, serving others requires that we die to the part of ourselves that really wants to be served. We have to die to our laziness, fatigue, discomfort and even sickness in order to serve those God has given us to serve. Of all the people who should feel comfortable being served it should be the King, but the King of Kings didn’t come to be served but to serve his own creation. By way of example, He showed us that service is the highest form of development. It’s something that comes to be more and more natural the older we get. Just as men and women for centuries have seen a change in their lives as soon they became parents with a natural propensity to sacrifice for their kids, so we too as children of God need to grow in faithfulness to serve others.
Questions to ponder
Have you ever served breakfast in bed to one of your parents? Received it yourself? What was made?
What is something you like to do that serves your family?
What is a way your household can serve your church family?