Luke 22:26 “The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” (NIV)
Our consumer society crushes this verse like a roaring freight train. People do fairly well in treating retail clerks and cashiers with respect, but it quickly goes downhill when we are talking to people we do business with on the phone and easily become enraged with technical support on the phone – maybe I am talking to myself? The use of email and text messages has created an impersonal format where we are sometimes harsher in communication than we would be talking to someone face to face. It has become too easy to not treat people with love and respect – much less serving them. Jesus upped the stakes in this verse and said that even if you rule you should SERVE. It’s interesting that some of the best books on leadership talk about the importance of servant leadership. Even in the secular realm, people recognize the power of serving. So why do we struggle with it? Learning to serve exposes the subtle sins of pride, conceit, arrogance, selfishness, patience, and self-centeredness. Jesus preached often on the importance of serving, because He knew the heart of men. The power of the Gospel was going to be entrusted into the hands and hearts of imperfect vessels who were easily tempted to uplift themselves. This weighed on Jesus so much that he took the time to wash His disciples’ feet during His last day of freedom to illustrate the importance of serving. John 13:13-15 “You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” Set no bounds for your service to others. There is no more powerful vehicle that God will use in touching the hearts of others. A hundred hours of talk is quickly consumed by an act of service that demonstrates God’s love and character in you!
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (NIV)