By Rob Britton


“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45


In John 9:1-7, Jesus encountered a man who was born blind and saw an opportunity to glorify God by serving the poor beggar. Jesus spit on the ground and made mud to place on the blind man’s eyes. He then told the young man to go and wash in the pool of Siloam, which he did, and the man came back to them with his sight! Jesus got his hands dirty to serve the needs of this blind beggar, even when the man had nothing to offer Jesus in return. 

   In Philippians 2:7, Paul writes that Jesus “emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant.” Jesus set the ultimate example of being a servant, and Paul calls us to have the “same mind” as we serve one another. Serving others can be messy and difficult because none of us are perfect. But, remember, when we serve someone else, Jesus said we are serving Him. 



   Think of several actions that you would like for someone to do for you, such as washing your car or mowing your yard. Now, go find a way to do those very things for someone else. If you’re really ambitious, do it in a way that the other person won’t even know that you did it.



List some of the things your parents do for you, such as doing your laundry or cooking your dinner. Ask your parents if you can do one of those things for them one day this week.



Sometimes the hardest person to serve is a sibling. Challenge your children to look for a way to serve their brother or sister without them even knowing it.



Lord, thank You for coming to earth as a servant. Help me to have Your heart for the people around me and look for ways to serve them and show them Your love.