The Joy of Serving
Somehow, the idea of serving others has become a word of being “below” or “not as good” as someone. Yet, if you look at the professions of those who serve, even to the Queen or very important people, the servant takes this job seriously and with great honor and dignity. Most of the time, this profession of serving will last for years.
There is a great difference between serving others and being a slave. When a person wants to be “first” or “the greatest,” or a “politician,” in reality… he become the slave of all whether he fully realizes it or not. Everyone will be at his door, demanding to be heard. He/She will never satisfy everyone, but they are expected to do so.
The Holy Scriptures, in Mark 10:43-45, warns us of this and gives some insight into how God looks at those who would honor others with their servitude.
“…whoever desires to become great among you, shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) did not come to be served, but TO SERVE, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Think of all the medical workers who have bathed the bodies of the sick. They have shown, through their chosen profession, a caring for men and women that many would not desire or want to do.
We hear other professionals say, “We are at your service.” A restaurant servers in parts of the world, especially Europe…and sometimes in the United States… will often tell the customers that theirs is a true profession, not just a part-time job. They add, “This means that we will put you ahead of all other things.”
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Isn’t this what Christ wants of us…to put others first in every walk of life? It is good during this time, when the Christians of the world consider the death and resurrection of our Savior, to think on our own lives about our giving time and attention to others…more than ourselves.
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:5-8
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you…that you also love one another.” John 13:34
There are various Christian churches, both Protestant and Catholic, that use “foot washing” as a spiritual gesture of humility.
Below is Pope Francis, on Holy Thursday before Easter, showing an example of Christ’s love for all people through this ceremony. This ritual is performed for prisoners as well as others, including the elderly and disabled
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