Jesus came to serve (Matthew 20:28). He told his disciples they should not be like power-hungry rulers, but should set an example by helping people. “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (verse 26). Jesus shows us what the Father is like (John 14:9)—not just what he was like 2,000 years ago, but what he is like all the time. One of the things the Lord wants His disciples to do is to serve others. By serving others we deepen our relationship with God and with people. When serving the way Jesus served: We’ll grow closer to God, to those we serve, and to those who serve with us.
True greatness is not in power, but in service. God sets the example; as does Jesus. The meaning of life is not in having authority over others, but in helping people. That is the only way that eternal life is going to be enjoyable for everyone.
Jesus set many examples of service. A special one happened the evening before his crucifixion. He got down and washed the 12 disciples’ feet as a lesson in humility and service. “I have set you an example,” he said, “that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15). Don’t consider yourself too important to kneel down and help somebody. Leaders in the church should be servants.
Paul said we should “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13). “Carry each other’s burdens,” he wrote, “and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).
Rick Warren of Saddleback church, the author of many books but several we are familiar with: The Purpose Driven Life and The Purpose Driven Church said, “The last thing many believers need today is to go to is another Bible Study. They already know far more than they are putting into practice. What they need are Serving Experiences in which they can exercise their spiritual muscles.”
Anyone can be a servant. All it requires is a desire to be a disciple of Jesus. How can you know if you have the heart of a servant? Jesus said, “You can tell what they are by what they do” (Matthew 7:16, CEV)
Below is a video I made for our young adults fellowship, but it is taking from a speech by Martin Luther King which is verse helpful when talking about serving.