4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
“Servant” is not a popular job title in the world because it denotes inferiority. Despite its unpopularity, we provide services to someone in any profession and position we are in. God has given us the ability to work, and the purpose of our work is not only to make ends meet but also to serve and benefit others. Just like architects provide customers with professional architectural design services. Doctors provide medical care to patients. Even the president of the United States is a Public Servant. Among many professions, I think teachers are the most difficult. Their work is in high demand, yet their pay and recognition are often low. But what keeps teachers going? It must be their passion for teaching, seeing their students learning, and helping young people become better individuals.
When Jesus came from heaven to earth, He indeed became one of us, and He experienced what each of us has to go through – serving others. Jesus said, “even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” Our Lord, Jesus, the Son of God, the King of Kings, came to the world, emptied Himself, and took the form of a humble servant. He walked with His disciples, taught them, and mentored them. He reached out to those in need. He showed compassion for the sick, the dying, the disabled, and so many more. He helped people in all circumstances and served with passion.
Serving requires suffering. When Jesus served people, He also had to suffer. But because of His love and passion, He did not give up serving. When we start to feel drained and burnout from serving, we can look up to our Lord, the greatest example of a humble servant. May His passion for serving rekindles the fire in our heart to keep burning. Our services not only benefit those we serve, but we also find joy and satisfaction through serving others. When we follow in His footsteps and serve the people, we also serve the Lord.
May we “do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. – Romans 12:11