Leviticus 25:47-27:13 Mark 10:32-52 Psalm 45:1-17 Proverbs 10:22
Verse of the day:
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
I assume you like to be waited on. Everyone seems to enjoy going out for a meal, whether fast food, casual dining or the occasional upscale meal. We enjoy not having to cook the meal, do the dishes or even worry about anything about what to stuff in our faces. We truly love to be served.
You would think, that of all the people that ever lived, the one guy who was the Son of God would have the right to be served. You would think with titles like King of Kings and Lord of Lords he would have an entourage that was filled with people that just wanted to “serve” him so they could get the perks of being up close to him. James and John even displayed such a desire by asking to be the ones who sat in the places of authority, on his right and left. However, did either one put on a towel and come along side of him to wash the feet of the others? Did anyone even think to help the blind man crying out as they enter Jericho?
Jesus is so counter culture. He looks at things in such a different way.
When I was in college a friend of mine came to Nashville for a visit. He asked me to show him around so of course we ended up on Broadway, home of famous places like the Wild Horse Saloon and just down the way from “Printers Alley” and the Blue Bird café. We stopped in for lunch at the Hard Rock café. It was past the lunch rush and too early for the dinner crowd. There was also a college football game going on at that time so the restaurant was pretty dead. We were one of the few people eating. Our waiters, trying to make light of the lack of Atmosphere and customers said, “Now when you are done just bring your plates back to the kitchen.” I was up the challenge. So when we were done I grabbed the plates, cleared the silverware and trash and headed into the serving area like I worked there. I met our waitress on the way in and she just pointed where to take the dishes and trash. Then she preceded to tell me where the towels were to wipe down the tables and supplies to replenish the glass ketchup bottle.
After my work was done, I took my seat and my waitress gave me a tip. She said she always shared with the bus boys. We paid the bill and I gave her a bigger than normal tip (and return what she had given me). I was a great memory and fun to serve my friend in my home town.
Today as you go through your day, don’t just look for ways that others can serve you. Find unique and fun ways to be of service to others. Remember, if Jesus came to be a servant then the least we can do is follow our leader. Isn’t it time you did some serving instead of being served?