How to serve others?
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above
yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. – Phil. 2:3-5
Jesus sets an example for us to follow. After washing His disciple’s feet – an act of love,
humility, and service – he encourages us to follow His lead and serve one another. “I have
set you an example that you should do as I have done for you,” Jesus says. Jesus, the Son of
God, never placed himself in a position above others. He led by serving, and He loved by
serving. He washed feet. He fed thousands. He walked to visit and heal the sic and dead. He
stopped to touch and heal a sick woman. He spent time with those no one else cared to
spend time with. Jesus lived a life of humility. Jesus showed us that serving others and
humility go hand in hand.
Serving others is more than keeping up with our to-do list. To be a servant means we
genuinely need to care about people. It’s keeping our eyes, hearts, and schedules open for
divine appointments. Jesus was not stressed by time, what others thought of Him, or a list
of tasks to accomplish each day. Jesus was led by the Spirit of God and followed His
promptings to serve, love, and help others. No task was ever beneath Jesus, and no person
was ever unworthy.
Serving others and genuine love go hand in hand. But what exactly does that look like? How
do we genuinely love even the unlovable? How do we let go of our to-do list? How do we
position ourselves to act humbly? Few good places to start:
God Bless, Amutha
rev. dr amutha devaraj