But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, wherever my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.” 2 Samuel 15:21
Serving others can mean very different things to different people and different situations. To some degree, ever person serves somebody to some level.
When talking about serving others, most people think about free serving, especially in the Christian community. Yet, serving someone is just helping meet the needs of someone else.
Every person who works a job is serving someone. They are serving the boss and the costumers of that business. Some may directly serve, while others are very indirectly serving.
David was fleeing from his son, Absalom, for his life. Absalom was working to take over as king. As David was leaving, Ittai, a foreigner, a Hittite, wanted to go with David. David was going to send him back, but Ittai refused. He committed to serve David anywhere and anytime, even unto death.
Many people do not like to be a servant to someone else. They want to be served. Yet, Jesus, who was God’s Son, came to serve man, who broke relationship with God and deserved only death. He showed commitment to mankind, even including death on a cross.
It is common for a person to serve someone else as a long as it is a benefit to serve. There has to be something in it for the person to serve. All Jesus had was the hope that some would follow Him and be saved. There was no guarantee.
Commitment to serve must be made, regardless if it is a voluntary service or a paid service. Every believer is to work as unto the Lord, giving his best for whoever he is serving at the time.
Your first commitment to serve must be to God. Serve Him first and foremost. Then you must be willing to serve others as He puts them in your path. Give your best to everyone you meet.
As Ittai stated, be willing to serve, even to the point of death. This is showing the love God has shown you and is showing the rest of the world. As you are serving others, God will put others in your path to serve you. God will be your strength to make it through some tough service and you will be blessed more than any man can bless you.
Who can you serve today?
Today I pray that you will know who God wants you to serve; that you will serve as Jesus served you; that you will have God’s love for others in your life; and that God will use you to touch the hearts of many people.