“The man who loves his life will lose it,
while the man who hates his life in this world
will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me
: and where I am my servant will be. John 11:2526 NIV
When we think of Jesus coming to earth, we sometimes overlook the idea of His being a servant. He illustrates this facet of who He is by washing the disciples feet.
In our present society we have workers in the government who we call civil servants. Our elected officials are thought to be public servants. Our municipal workers also fall into a class of city servants. When we eat in a restaurant, we receive the attention of servers.
When believers work for the Lord, be it as church custodian, church secretary, on missions projects, in children ministries, or work on funeral dinners, we do work for Him. In reality, when we pursue our secular occupations we also work for Him.
The apostle Paul referred to himself as a servant of Christ Jesus in his letters to the Romans. When he wrote to the Philippians, He included Timothy as one who was serving Christ Jesus. When he penned the letter to Titus, Paul called himself one who served God.
As believers and citizens of the 21st. Century, how can we better serve the Lord by serving our neighbors?