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.
Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. Mark 10:43-44
James and John began to ask Jesus to have special places around the table with Jesus in heaven. They wanted to be seen as great. The other disciples were upset with them about this. Jesus told them that in order to be great, they must be a servant and slave to everyone else.
Wanting and grabbing for power is something that many people do in this life. They want to be the leader and strive to do what it takes. Sometimes they want to be leader because they think they know what is best. Others want to be the leader because of the power they believe it holds.
While many hate dictators over them, many want to be dictators over others. They want to be the one in charge and leading others. They want the power. Most do not want to be a servant or a slave to another person.
Although Jesus has absolute power over all of creation, He does not force His power on people. Jesus came to serve all people. Every person on this earth is sentenced to a death sentence. Jesus came to serve them and remove that death sentence for them. Jesus only does what is best for each person on this earth, serving them.
Believers are to live in the same way that Jesus did. Jesus goes beyond just being a servant to another person, but being their slave. Believers are to put other people before themselves.
Jesus is to be the head of every believer. After that is all the rest of the people. Self is to come in very last.
Take a look at your own life. Are you being served or are you serving?
If you are serving people, you will also be serving God. Allow God to guide you in how to best serve the people around you. Learn from Him how to be the slave you need to be. It is by your service of love that people will know the love of God has for them.
As you are a slave to God, you will be a slave to others, seeking to meet their greatest needs–salvation of their souls. This is what Jesus did. Are you doing it?
I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that God will show you ways to meet the needs of people around you; that God will give you the needed strength to serve others; and that you will follow His will in all of your life.
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.” Matthew 12:18-19
Some of the leadership of Israel were getting upset with what Jesus was teaching and saying. He did not fight back at all. In fact, He left the area and went somewhere else. This was to fulfill a prophecy by Isaiah stating that He was chosen. Jesus had God’s Spirit upon Him and He would proclaim justice, yet not quarrel or cry out in the streets.
People are very quick to cry out abuse or some other crime when they are persecuted for being a believer. When a person loses a job because of his open belief in Jesus, many will call for a lawyer and try to fight back. They cry out in anger and vengeance against the world.
All over the nation people are rising up in anger against some types of sinful practices being promoted in the nation. They are making their voice be heard, but it is not always done in love. It is being shown in hate and anger.
Acting this way is not the way Jesus reacted to the people against Him. His trust was in the Father, not self strength or the government.
Many believers forget that the world will act like the world, like Satan. They are living in sin and do not know any better. Believers, however, are living in a different realm. They are in the realm of God and His love. There is supposed to be forgiveness and compassion.
Looking at a non-believer living the way he does should bring tears to the eyes of every believer. That person does not know the way to truly live life. He does not know the joy God can bring him.
When the world is against you or you see the world not living for God, do not show anger. Show His love and compassion. Actions will speak louder than words. Jesus did not cry out when they pounded the nails into His hands. His love is what will draw all men unto Him.
Don’t quarrel and cry, but show love and compassion. The world will see it and want it in the end.
I pray today that you will be filled with God’s love for people; that you will not fight the world that is against God; that God will guide the words you speak; and that you will be His witness in this world.