“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:44-47.
What does it mean to be a servant? What kind of things do you need to do to earn that title? When thinking about servants, the mind usually goes straight to Biblical times when servants did a little of everything: planting crops, looking after the sheep, preparing and serving meals, and washing feet, to name a few. It was hard, dirty work any way you looked at it. But of course, servants weren’t just around in Biblical times. A servant can be anyone. All it takes is serving. Doing something for others, whether you’re actions are reciprocated or not.
The best example of serving is Jesus. There’s never been a greater Servant than the one who gave everything for us. If anyone could claim that dirty, hard, and draining tasks were below Him, He could. And yet, during His life on earth, He was the greatest example of serving others there ever has been or will be. He expects us to follow His example: “I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you” (John 13:15).
Fortunately, there are models of people with a servant’s heart all around us. We can learn from watching them go about the business of serving others. No matter what it costs them, they will be there for you. If you need a meal, they’ll make it. If you need to talk, they’ll listen. And if you need your house painted, your kids watched, or your dog walked, call them up, and they’ll be there. They often anticipate that you need help and show up before you ask them. The world needs more people like that. More people – more servants – following the ultimate example that Jesus set.
Our heart should be a servant’s heart. Not just so that we can be seen as servants but so that people can see Jesus in us. Jesus specialized in serving people and tasks everyone else tried to avoid: washing feet, helping children, and serving lepers. Nothing was beneath Him because He came to serve
The more we serve, the more we will want to serve. The more we see how our actions and time bless others, the more we want to give them. The closer we draw to people who are hurting and seeking help, the more we discover that it doesn’t matter if there’s recognition or praise afterward. The serving is the reward.
Ultimately, it is all worth it because you know that helping and caring for others – will bring greater blessings to everyone involved than if you didn’t serve.
- Pray and ask God for the heart of a servant.
- What actions could you take this week to have the heart of a servant?