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We Serve Because He Served Us First


We all understand what serving in church means and most of us serve in one capacity or another. We utilise the spiritual gifts that we have been blessed with to serve each other so that God can be glorified through our service.

Jesus gave us an example in John 13:4-5 when he stripped off his outer garments and washed his disciples’ feet. 

 “so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

In the period when Jesus walked amongst us, people walked everywhere, roads were not paved, most people wore open sandals, and feet got caked with mud all the time. Feet-washing was a task consigned to the lowest cadre of slaves. By leading the way, Jesus was implying that no task should be too menial, petty, or small to carry out in serving each other.

I have often wondered if serving in church is a “means to an end” or an “end in itself”? Shouldn’t it lead to something greater? We know serving to be a form of worship, a way to thank God for what he does for us and share the love and grace we have been given. 

Additionally, serving well should bring out the leader in us. We are called to be Christ-like and Jesus led by serving others. Robert Greenleaf, a leadership expert, believed that seeking to serve and care for the needs of others is a pathway to leadership. Introducing the concept of Servant Leadership, Greenleaf espoused that the feeling to serve leads to an aspiration to lead. 

And there is always a need for leaders in the church.

Greenleaf, R. K. (1970). The servant as leader. Westfield, IN: Greenleaf Publishing Center

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