A Servant of Christ
Read John 12:25-26
Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
What do you think it means when Jesus tells you to serve Him?
Many times, when I think about serving Jesus, I think about a checklist of obligations. For example, I really should volunteer for this ministry. And I probably need to sign up to serve for this role or that role at church. It’s true that volunteering and filling open positions at church is important. Those can all be ways that we serve Christ.
But if we are viewing our service to Him as a checklist of obligations, we have a problem. First off, we can never perform enough obligations to sufficiently serve Jesus. We can’t earn His acceptance. Second, my checklist is often full of things that I’m not even sure Jesus ever asked me to do! I just didn’t want to let people down, so I volunteered for the job. Then, when opportunities that I feel led to do and equipped to do, I’m often already overcommitted. Worse, I have an attitude problem because I’m overwhelmed being busy for Jesus.
But when we read John 12:25-26, we get a better clue of what it means to serve Jesus. It means to follow Him. That means so much more than just checking off tasks. Followers of Jesus should serve Him because He is their King and Master. Every servant knows that they have to do the will of their master and obey the word of their king. If we want to follow Jesus, we need to seek His will. We are to obey Him, not other people’s expectations or even our own. That means spending time in prayer before committing to service opportunities. It means reading His Word so we can know Him and obey Him. It means having an attitude of humble service with grateful hearts for what has been done for us.
But most of all, it means laying down our lives. As Jesus followers, we follow Him even in His sacrifice. We lay our lives down to do His will. In return, we gain everything in eternity. Friends, don’t serve just for the sake of service. Ask yourself, am I a servant of Jesus?
Jesus, You are my Master. I seek to do Your will. Show me how to follow in Your ways and serve in a way that honors You. Amen.
~ Pastor Nat Crawford
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