The Ministry of the Mundane: The Practice of Servanthood
I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message.
Philip Nation starts off this chapter noting just how different the kingdom of God is from this world. The kingdom of God is so different in the way that the least is the greatest. The best you can be is the one who serves not the one who is served. How do we know this?
Because this is the example that Jesus left for us. We cannot be like this world with the idea "I have to look out for me." Actually, you do not. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus gives us this stark reminder that the way this all works is to seek FIRST the kingdom of God and all its righteousness (pursuing right living) THEN everything else will be added unto you. Not go after the things of this world, or after the things you desire. Nor is it to seek the hand of God while ignoring the heart of God.
Servanthood is at the very core of the walk of any Christ follower. Jesus lived His life in service. Why do you think He came here? To serve. To heal. To teach others and draw them to Himself because He is the only gateway to the Father,
If you google the definition of service, this is one of the definitions you get "the action of helping or doing work for someone." Now look back over the life of Christ because remember He is the example of service. His life was one of service. Of reaching the needs of others to help them. Even for us now 2000 years later we are still impacted by His service on the cross which helps us. He is the intermediary. No longer are we bound to priests and sacrifices. Yes we attend church in community but the pastor or reverend is NOT how we interact with God. They do not seek forgiveness on our behalf. They do not atone for us. We are ALWAYS in a position to approach the throne of Heaven boldly, humbly to seek God, to seek Jesus.
As such, we are always in a position to serve others. To serve fellow believers. To serve non believers. To serve the less fortunate (poor, orphan, widow, foreigner). We are always in a position to see to the needs of others. Like Jesus said, there will come a time when we stand before Jesus to give an account. And He will say you saw I had a need and ignored me. We will respond, Lord when did I do that? And He will say every time we bypassed someone who had a need and ignored them.
So sister, from here on out give to any who has a need. What they do with it, how they steward it is between them and the LORD but it should not be said that you were in a position to meet a need and we ignored it.