What is service?

What does the word service really mean? Why do we serve and where does that term come from?  There are many different ways of looking at service, but I think the main thing to do is to look to Jesus! He came to serve those around Him, not to glorify Himself, but God His Father.

Jesus served, but he didn’t do everything that people wanted him to do, only things that were good in the site of God.

Jesus came to earth to serve a human race that didn’t really want his service or help.  “…but made Himself nothing, taking the form of  a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:7 It was only afterwards, from the things that He did to the miracles He showed, that people started to realize the significance of what happened.  “But when He (Jesus) heard it, He said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, I desire mercy, and not sacrifice. For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners’.” Matthew 9:12-13 He served us by His preachings,  told us and the people in the time of Jesus, that He was the only way to God and when we beleive in Him, we will have eternal life.  He served through the miracles that He showed:

“17On one of those days, as He (Jesus) was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, 19but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. 20And when He saw their faith, He said, ‘Man, your sins are forgiven you.’ 21And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, ‘Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sing but God alone?’ 22When Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered them, ‘Why do you question in your hearts? 23Which is easier, to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 24But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sons‘ — He said to the man who was paralyzed — ‘I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.’ 25And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. 26And amazement seized the all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, ‘We have seen extraordinary things today.” Luke 5:17-26 (can be found also in Matthew 9:1-7, and Mark 2:1-12)

Those people sitting near Him, probably thought that He was just going to do a miracle and impress everyone, didn’t see the point of His saying to the man that his sins were forgiven.  Jesus Glorified God first, in that he healed the man of his spiritual body and gave the man a cleanness that only can come from Jesus and then he healed him of his earthly body.

“1And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test Him they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2He answered them, ‘When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance if the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So He left them and departed.” Matthew 16:1-4

All they wanted signs and miracles, but they didn’t see the greatest miracle standing right in front of them.  One who would take all of their sins up on a wooden cross and shed His pure cleansing blood, so that they and ourselfs today, could have eternal life with our God and father, if only we would belive in Him and turn from our sinful ways.

even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

We should serve Jesus in what we do, and make sure that it is He who we are working for, not people around us.  I know it also says in the Bible that we should respect our elders, summit to authority, but Christ is our savior and we should serve Him first and foremost.


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