Serving and being served

Jesus also said, "Yet I am among you as the One who serves" (Luke 22:27). Paulís idea of service was the same as our Lordísó". . . ourselves your bondservants for Jesusí sake" ( 2 Corinthians 4:5 ).

We somehow have the idea that a person called to the ministry is called to be different and above other people. But according to Jesus Christ, he is called to be a "doormat" for othersó called to be their spiritual leader, but never their superior. Paul said, "I know how to be abased . . ." ( Philippians 4:12 ). Paulís idea of service was to pour his life out to the last drop for others. And whether he received praise or blame made no difference. As long as there was one human being who did not know Jesus, Paul felt a debt of service to that person until he did come to know Him. But the chief motivation behind Paulís service was not love for others but love for his Lord. If our devotion is to the cause of humanity, we will be quickly defeated and broken-hearted, since we will often be confronted with a great deal of ingratitude from other people. But if we are motivated by our love for God, no amount of ingratitude will be able to hinder us from serving one another.

Paulís understanding of how Christ had dealt with him is the secret behind his determination to serve others. "I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man . . ." ( 1 Timothy 1:13 ). In other words, no matter how badly others may have treated Paul, they could never have treated him with the same degree of spite and hatred with which he had treated Jesus Christ. Once we realize that Jesus has served us even to the depths of our selfishness and our sin, nothing we encounter from others will be able to exhaust our determination to serve others for His sake.

 

 


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