Jesus set the example for us when it comes to serving others. From washing the feet of His disciples (an act usually reserved for the lowest level of servants), to laying down His life for His friends, His service was sincere, joyful, and flowed from a genuine humility.
There are times when people need some help in ways that are less than glamorous for us. Instead of grimacing and clenching our teeth at the thought of how demeaning it would be for us to serve them, let’s reach down deep into our heart and soul to stir up a sincere service that is done with real joy and genuine humility.
God’s plan for us is Greatness… Greatness through the role of a mature servant who loves their work, and who loves the people whom they serve.
“…the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.”
~ Luke 22:26-27
Tools, Weapons, Skill Sets, Strategies… All of these have their place in our lives, and scripture teaches us that God trains us and anoints us for taking on various missions within our lifetime.
As we face trials, conflicts, challenges, and outright battles in our lives, we are to utilize what we have been given to “fight the good fight.”
Discipline, training, and perseverance are character builders and are central to the development of our maturity. However, our victories and successes are ultimately not due to our overwhelming intelligence or physical prowess.
The most critical aspect of life’s challenges remains in God’s hands: Victory!
When we see the enormity of an approaching trial and we feel the fear that is induced when we compare it with our own inadequacy in the natural realm, we can breathe deeply of the Spirit of Peace. Let confidence flood our hearts because victory and success are already in God’s hands!
“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
~ Zechariah 4:6
“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.”
~ Proverbs 21:30-31
As Christians, we should be among the elite refreshers at our places of employment and volunteering.