“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Mark 10:45
What is a servant? This word has been circling in my thoughts a lot lately and caused me to evaluate where it fits in my life. By definition it’s a person who performs duties for others or devoted helpful follower. So what does it look like to live that out?
As Christians we're supposed to be servants of Christ, which is what He stitched into our design. If you think about it everyone on Earth is constantly serving something, devoting their lives even to things that in the end measure to absolutely nothing. Though God gave us the ability to serve, with it He gave us choice, and so we decide what we serve, what we devote ourselves to, what we enslave ourselves to. Being a slave isn't necessarily bad if what you're a slave to is right. Romans 6:15-18 tells us that we're slaves to what we obey; we're supposed to be slaves of righteousness and obediently serve God so that we can bear fruit.
With that being said, are you bearing fruit in what you're doing in your life, how much of it is for you and how much is for God?
One of the easiest times to serve is Sunday morning, but even on Sunday’s we can slip into lethargy. Our church sets up at a mobile location each week, it's dangerously easy to get sucked in to the mundane routine of things especially when doing a mobile church. Wake up and get dressed, go on a coffee run and then wake up for real, unload cart after cart and start unpacking the church, all while on a set time crunch. Doing this can send you into a robot mode and soon your Sunday goes from working for the Lord to just working. This is how you lose purpose, you're doing the same thing but it’s no longer for the same reason, you're still serving but it’s no longer with the servant's heart.
There are a lot of things in life that we don't want to do but that doesn't stop the need for them to get done, we are children of Christ and should reflect Him in our daily actions. Jesus set the example and showed us how to serve, so that we may be an example as well to those that need it...So is that what we are doing? And is the motive behind our service correctly grounded? The best way that we can light up this dark world is not by just saying we believe in the Savior, but by acting out and showing those around us who we give our lives to by serving Him.
"Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
Look for opportunities to give that reach past the church doors, don't let it end on a Sunday morning.