Hello there, beautiful people!
I was just thinking today about service, and being a servant and all that that entails. Because, let's be honest, none of us always LIKE being a servant.
Having a "servant's heart" is something a lot of us Christians are encouraged to do, because it's what the Lord expects of us. Jesus came here to serve. Mark 10:45 says, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Even Jesus, God's Son, the Anointed One, came to serve. He didn't come for people to bow down to Him like He was some royalty--even though, in actuality, he was--but he came to serve others. He came to spread the Word, and to serve. Jesus was the epitome of servant-heartedness and humility.
I think a lot of us misinterpret service to be something that we're supposed to benefit from. Like, we're supposed to get some good feeling when we do it. While a lot of times, that's true, it can also be untrue. Service can be hard.
Some people are ungrateful. A lot of the little things you do as acts of service to someone will go unnoticed. Some people might even be annoyed by your service (sounds weird, but it's true). Regardless of these facts, service is not about you.
Let me explain. Let's say you were a doctor, and you had a patient with a life threatening injury/disease that required emergency surgery. The surgery is successful, and you save the patient's life, and then you go to visit the patient. If the patient is laying in bed, feeling significantly better, would you go in the room and think about the amazing job you did in saving their life, or would you go in there and think, "Wow! He/she is feeling so much better! I'm so happy for them."
Service is humbling yourself to do whatever it is that's needed for a particular person or group of people. It's not about you whatsoever. It's not about the way it's going to make you feel, it's not about the praise you get for what you do.
Sometimes, service is even sacrificing more of yourself than you thought you would. Sometimes serving others is putting what you want aside, in order to provide, or do, or say whatever it is someone else needs.
That's humility. Being a servant isn't meant to be proud, it isn't meant to be for your benefit. It's about whomever you're serving.
The other thing about service? Sometimes it's dirty. Or it's hard, or it doesn't seem worth it. But, we're not called to, "love our neighbor only if we feel like it." We're called to "love our neighbor as yourself." As ourselves. Jesus called it the second greatest commandment. He didn't leave some of these little ** asterisks next to that, to look below, and read, "Only if you feel like it," or, "Only when it's convenient for you." No, we're supposed to love and serve others whenever the opportunity arises.
Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't thank the servants in your life, because you should! I'm saying you shouldn't be serving others because you want praise, or the feeling YOU get from it. You should serve others out of a love for people you have in your heart.
Service should be done from a place of love, a place of choosing to love someone. Because, as C.S. Lewis said, "Love is not an affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained." This applies to serving others. You should serve out of the love you choose to have for someone, and use that love for their ultimate good.
Pure, selfless service is a beautiful thing. Because, serving someone else, is taking time and energy out of your day, your life, your heart, your schedule to do something for someone else that may or may not be noticed, appreciated, thanked, or even wanted. And that's why pure, selfless service, is one of the deepest forms of humility we have. Because nine times out of ten, you gain nothing from it. And that's what being selfless is all about. That's what being the hands and feet of Jesus is all about.
Have a wonderful day!