Jesus' prescription for our sense of loss and our anxiety about our place in life and the future is probably not
what most of us would naturally think to do: be a servant. But that is exactly what Jesus expects of us.
And there are a few unbeatable benefits that come with this attitude.
Being a Servant Sets You Above the Competitive Environment (sets you apart from those of the world)
No matter what you do, there will always be someone who is better than you. But because serving others has more to do with an attitude toward what you give others, rather than what you will get yourself, competition and stress is pretty low. Start cleaning up the mess yourself. The person behind the wheel of the car that cut you off. Let her 'win' the argument. Practice being happy for the guy who got a promotion. Rejoice in giving rather than receiving... this is what will set you apart.
Being a Servant Helps You See the Wealth You Already Have
Our brain's natural tendency is to focus on what we think we lack. You likely never never thought so much about food as when you went on a restrictive diet. It's a thing called the "scarcity mindset." But, there is a practice of focus that can counteract this way of thinking. . . focus on what you have by serving. Serving others means giving from your heart and from your resources - whether it's time, money, expertise, empathy. Helping others shows you how blessed you really are.
Being a Servant Gives You a Life of Purpose
We all want to know that our lives have meaning.. And when we think about making an impact on the world, some of us think that's about holding an important position. Jesus, however, taught that just giving a child a cup of clean water merited a reward
in His kingdom. God's economy is different. It's not about having a "great position' that makes you great. It's about being being a servant. No matter where you are or what you do, there will always be an opportunity to serve the needs of someone else.
Being a Servant Brings You into Union with Jesus Christ
We are not meant to go through life alone. We were designed to be with others and to be with Christ Jesus.. And, because
we live in a fallen-world, everyone needs a little help sometimes. So, if in your life, you have received blessings, it's important
to share them with others, especially with those in your community - your neighbors. For some people, that
could mean volunteering
with a local charity or donating to
a good cause. For others, sharing blessings might be as simple
as having a conversation with someone or lending emotional support to a friend who
through a tough time.
Helping others is the secret to
happiness. It is what Christ instructs
us to do. From Acts 20:35 – The Lord Jesus
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” And in verse John
15:12, Jesus Christ says to us: “My command is this: Love others
as I have
loved you.” There are many Bible verses about helping others, and they remind us that one crucial way to
demonstrate our love for God is to take action here on Earth and be in the habit of serving others.
Bringing the Lord's love into your community is a powerful act. It may not always be easy, but as a person of faith,
God calls upon you to serve others and bring His light to them.