7-Jesus the Servant Of All

Day 7: Jesus, the Servant of All

An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: John 13:1-17

Assignment: Make a list of the ways you can serve others more than you have been.

Lesson to Learn: Jesus, even though He was the Son of God, saw His need to serve all!

To be called a “servant” almost sounds derogatory. It has a negative connotation to it. Most people want to be served. If we had the choice to be the king or the slave, we would choose the king. Jesus came into this world as a slave to all. He should have been a king, born in a king’s palace, but instead, He was born in a barn. His first bed was a feeding box for animals. He grew up in a small town. His parents were in a low-income family. He never went to the best schools or made it to university. His father was a carpenter and Jesus learned this trade growing up. Jesus, the man, had the most humble of beginnings. No one could ever tell from His circumstances that He was in reality the Son of God, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. And beyond all this, Jesus took the very nature of a servant (Philippians 2:7). That was why He came! To serve all! What an example of humility and of love. In this lesson we will examine Jesus’ heart toward serving.

1. Matthew 20:28 – Jesus states plainly here that His goal in coming to Earth was to serve people and not to be served. He viewed His life as one that must involve serving His fellow man. Do we see our purpose as that of being a servant to all men? Is your purpose in life to find ways to serve, or do you wait for people to serve you? When there is a need that is made known, do you immediately want to meet that need? Or, do you wait for someone else to volunteer? What would Jesus do?

2. John 13:1-17 – Jesus demonstrates to His disciples what His purpose was in life: not to wait for them to wash His feet but for Him to wash their feet. Jesus was setting an example that they could follow. He didn’t just tell them to serve, He showed them how to serve.

3. Luke 22:24-29 – Jesus disciples were struggling with the sin of selfish ambition. They want to know who was the greatest. They wanted to know the pecking order. Who was supposed to serve whom? Jesus destroyed their way of thinking by telling them that the greatest is really the servant of all. Have you ever struggled with selfish ambition? Wanting to know who was greater? Wondering if it was you? This is so contrary to the nature and purpose of Jesus.

What is your attitude when you are asked to serve in the Children’s Ministry? How about when you are asked to serve in the Men’s Order of Service or asked to be a “fisherman” at the Good News Stand? Whatever we are asked to do, if we truly have the heart of Jesus, we will gladly serve in order that we may fulfill our purpose as servants of all! What Christian did you serve this week? What non-Christian did you serve this week? Let us all learn to rejoice in our role as servants!

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