Sitting or serving?

29 April 2019
‘Who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves?’

The world often celebrates wealth, power, talent, and fame. And sometimes it regards serving others as being beneath us. But Jesus asked His disciples, ‘Who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves?’ Then He answered the question by saying, ‘I am among you as the One who serves.’ Paul said that Jesus ‘made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant’ (Philippians 2:7 NIV). To be a servant we must first humble ourselves and get rid of self-centredness. We must want other people’s needs to be met above our own. We often look for a prominent place to sit, but instead we should be looking for places to serve. Jesus gave us a great example of this when He washed the disciples’ feet. He took a basin and washed their dirty, dusty feet. Imagine how they must have felt to have their teacher serving them in this way (you can read the full story in John 13:1-20). The world often places importance on the number of people serving us, but God’s much more interested in the number of people we’re serving. He honours those who serve selflessly without complaining or seeking recognition. The truth is, it takes more character to serve others than to sit around waiting to be served. So we need to ask ourselves this question: are we trying to find places to sit above finding places to serve? If so, it’s time for us to ask God for a selfless spirit and a servant’s heart, and start looking for opportunities to serve wherever He places us.


What Now?

Next time you’re posting on social media, try to make the post encouraging for others rather than making it all about yourself. Try not to just share an inspirational quote or image – use your own words to uplift and inspire others.

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