Are you willing to serve?

Happy Sunday, dear readers.  I hope you all have had a great weekend so far and are getting time to spend with people you love as well as relax, rest and renew for the work week ahead.

Because I am running short on time today, I want to recap the sermon at my church on Saturday night.  Our pastor has been preaching through a sermon titled Be Strong.  He’s touching what it really means to be strong in the Lord.  This week’s topic: serving.  This is an issue near and dear to Jesus.  Time after time we see Jesus serving others, especially the “messed up” ones.  The Bible story that probably comes to mind about serving is found in John.  John 13 follows:

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet,[a] but is completely clean. And you[b] are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant[c] is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Our pastor told us we should take note of how the world needs Jesus and develop a lifetime practice of serving.  After all, Jesus did.  He served everyone wherever they were. When the people needed food, he gave them something to eat (Matthew 14.  When they needed healing, he healed them.  When they were scared, he calmed the storm.  The list goes on.

Our pastor wasn’t talking about serving other believers, that’s easy.  He was talking about serving our neighbors, people we don’t like, or people who are “messy”.

One of the greatest barriers to a lifetime commitment of serving is pride.  Pride is a sin that will get in the way of serving every single time.  Whether you’re vain, stubborn or have an excluding attitude, you probably won’t be serving if one of those in evident in your life.  In contrast, a lifetime of serving will draw your attention away from yourself and the sin of pride.

Our pastor left us with one final thought. Two actually.

1. He challenged us to do for one what we wish we could do for all.

2. If we are unwilling to serve others, what evidence is there that Chris lives in us?

Powerful words friends, powerful words.  What keeps you from serving?