Serve Out of Your Position with God As His Child

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When it comes to serving, what is your mindset? How do you approach it? Where does your motivation come from?

When you think about what the Bible has to say on serving, what story pops into your mind first? Could it be where Jesus washes His disciples’ feet in John 13? We often use this chapter to say that Jesus set us an example of serving others, and because He did that, it is important for us to follow that example and serve those around us as well.

One of the verses we often overlook or dismiss as inconsequential in John 13 verse 3, which says that Jesus knew three things – that God had given Him authority and power, that He had come from God, and that He was returning to God. It was with that knowledge that He got up from the meal and washed the feet of His disciples. In other words, He wasn’t serving to earn a position with God. He knew that He already belonged to God, who was pleased with Him, and He served out of the position that He had with God.

Sometimes, we have the mindset towards serving that it’s one of the things God demands that we do if we want Him to be pleased with us. We do it in an attempt to earn His approval. If this is our reason for serving – to try to gain a position with God – we will get frustrated and burned out very quickly. On the other hand, if we realize that God already approves of and is pleased with us because of what Jesus did at the cross, we will be motivated to serve and minister to others out of a desire to share the amazing love and grace He has shown to us. This kind of motivation will be far more lasting, because His love and grace are without limit, and He desires to be constantly giving us a greater revelation of just how great they really are!

Why do you serve? To gain a position with God and His approval, out of the position you know you already have with Him as His child? Realize that God already accepts and cares about you, and begin to serve out of a desire to share the One who has shown you amazing goodness, mercy, grace, and love!

The Son Of Man Came To Serve

Matthew 20 28This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Matthew 20:28. It says that the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many.

Our Savior didn’t come to be served, but to serve. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and caused the blind to see. He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). The same Savior that served those around Him when He was here on this earth, still desires for you to allow Him to serve you right now, and be Savior in every area of your life, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He still wants to provide for you healing, life, and freedom, if you will let Him.

Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many. This was the greatest act of service He could do for us. He gave His life in our place, taking upon Himself the punishment we deserved, so we could have a relationship with God, and be able to freely receive His many blessings. This Christmas, remember to celebrate the One who gave His life to redeem you!

He Came To Serve

He Came To ServeIn John 13, we read the story of the last supper, during which Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. He got up from the meal, wrapped a towel around His waist, filled a basin, and began to wash the feet of His disciples.

Mark 10:45 says that Jesus came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. The Son of God took on the nature of a servant (Philippians 4:7). Throughout His ministry, we constantly see Jesus, the King of Kings, serving those around Him – healing the sick, showing God’s grace and love to sinners, and taking time to bless children (Matthew 19:13-15). He always made time for all who came to Him, ministering to their needs. He ultimately committed the greatest act of love and sacrifice at the cross, dying for our sins, that we might be made alive with Him (Ephesians 2:4-5).

John 13:3-4 says that Jesus, knowing that all things had been given into His hands, and that He had come from and was returning to God, got up and washed His disciples’ feet. He knew who He was, and His position before the Father, and He served out of that knowledge. In the same way, God doesn’t want us to serve to try to gain position before Him, for it is a thing that can never be earned. Rather, He wants us to serve out of the knowledge that we are His children – completely loved and accepted – showing to others the love that we have been given. Before we can truly serve others effectively, we must first understand the incredible love of our Heavenly Father, and be confident in our position before Him.

Jesus, the King of Kings, came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45). He served others, knowing who He was in His Heavenly Father’s eyes. In the same way, let’s serve others, filled with the knowledge of who we are in Christ. Let’s demonstrating His love and grace to those around us!