Updated: Mar 21, 2020
March 20, 2020
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10
When we give our lives to Christ, we are ultimately choosing to give control of our lives over to God. In essence, we commit to become selfless servants for the kingdom. As we walk with God and learn more about what it means to surrender our lives to Him daily, we begin to realize that He wants us to live our lives as selfless servants to others, as well. Let’s be real. Serving others isn’t always the easiest task; so where do we start?
Serving one another starts at home. If you’re married, what does it look like to better serve your spouse? As parents, what does it look like to model selfless service for your children?
We are also called to serve others. This means colleagues at work and our neighbors. It’s choosing to show up and serve when others are on the sidelines. It’s choosing to be the ones that others look to during dark times. We can serve our community simply by how we choose to approach daily interactions with those who cross our paths.
Jesus, the ultimate example of selfless service, was radically counter-cultural by exemplifying and teaching a lifestyle of servanthood. It goes against everything that culture says makes someone “great.” It’s putting others before ourselves. It’s following in Christ’s footsteps, who embodied greatness by humbling Himself to death on the cross. Choosing to follow Christ means voluntarily surrendering our lives to Him and choosing to live a radically counter-cultural life. While it might go against the world’s definition of “great,” a life of selfless service to others makes this world a much better place.