© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
We like to be served. No, we love to be served! What pleasure to sit back, relax, bark a command here and there, and reap the benefits of someone else’s work. Ah, this is the life. Isn’t it?
That’s what the twelve whom Jesus was training to be apostles thought.
He set the record straight: “It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom from many” (Matthew 20:26-28 ESV).
Being a Christian means being a disciple (Acts 11:26). These twelve had been following Christ day after day for two or three years, and they still didn’t get it. Jesus worked and worked to turn them from a worldly model of greatness to a godly model of significance. Finally, in giving His own life, Jesus both saved and set the perfect example. Serving God was the main thing to Jesus, and He served God by serving our greatest need.
The purpose of life is not to be somebody but to serve Somebody — and that Somebody is not yourself. The purpose of life is to serve God and to serve Him by serving others.
May we help you to be saved by Jesus and to start serving Him?