“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”
The notion of servants usually conjures up images of maids and butlers in black-and-white uniforms waiting on wealthy people in fancy estates. The relationship may go beyond employer and employee, but historically these roles were maintained with a strict decorum. Servants waited on their masters and mistresses without question, while their employers didn’t attempt to become their friends.
Through the example we see in the life of Christ, we know that serving others reflects the love of God. Service keeps us humble and reminds us that we are all equals, no matter our income, status, education, or title. We are all God’s children, sinful and needy, transformed only by his grace through the gift of salvation.
When we let go of the old-fashioned mindset of superior and inferior roles toward one another, we glimpse the way God sees us—as his sons and daughters, eternal beings created in his image.
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Pray: “Lord, show me the people in my life whom you would have me serve. Reveal the best way I can serve them so that they will know your grace and goodness.”