What does it mean to really serve others? Why is it one of the most difficult things to do? As soon as we are out of our comfort zone with helping people we tend to leave it completely.
“26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your[willing and humble] slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [paying the price to set them free from the penalty of sin].” – Matthew 20:26-28 [AMP]
Now, this is something I’ve been thinking about a lot, what does it mean to serve? To serve is to perform duties or services for (another person or an organization). I’ve put a very important part in bold, to do something (perform or give a service) to another person, someone else than yourself. One thing that our current world is struggling with is “me”, self-obsession or as we all know it; SELFIES. No one on earth is more important than me, why would I go out of my way to do something for someone else? It’s sad but true, we live in a society where people don’t care for other people, they only care for others when it can either reward them or make them look good.
Recently I was told a very shocking story, a lady was complaining about her job situation and unfortunately, we were made aware of what she is doing to her employer. She basically black mails him with guilt. The person telling us the story then said that she should pray for her boss which she replied to saying; that why should she? He is a grown man and can take care of himself. So, the person asked her don’t you pray for the people you love? She said no, I only pray for myself.
I really pray that she sees how absolutely fortunate she is to be in such an amazing working environment and starts getting compassion for the people around her. How often do we fall in this category where we only pray for ourselves or only our loved ones? We never or rarely pray for the people we aren’t close to or know that well. Imagine instead of complaining about a person, pray for them to get a changed heart and for God to renew their minds, how different would that outcome be compared to us basically cursing that person out of frustration and anger.
I decided to learn how to serve others by starting small and at home. I listen to what other people are telling me, being present in the conversation and putting technology away so that the person has my undivided attention. Praying for someone that I can see something is wrong in their lives and I can’t approach them. Smiling to people and greeting people in job positions that others look down on. There are so many things to do that will help you learn about serving others.
Going to charities and helping out, helping your colleague with their work or something that will make life easier for them. Opening a door for someone, taking care of someone, there are a lot of things you can do that counts as serving. When you do something for someone else it is serving.
I leave you with this verse, the golden rule to life:
“So then, in everything treat others the same way you want them to treat you, for this is [the essence of] the Law and the [writings of the] Prophets. – Matthew 7:12 (AMP)