In the articles last week, we began with the thought that we live in a world where there is much focus on “one’s own” personal preference, desires, pleasures, interest, thinking and doing. It often takes place in a person’s life with very little or no regard to “another,” continuing with that thought the “Word” has insight into the fact that we should also “serve one another.”
Jesus taught his disciples that the Kingdom of Heaven was about serving one another and not being served. He taught his disciples that in order to do the will of Our Heavenly Father they would have to learn to “serve one another.” This thought is often foreign in today’s thinking, unless there is something in it for the one who is serving, i.e., a wage or some type of gain in monetary, position, etc. An additional thought is that if someone is serving us, they owe it to us, or they owe more because they, the lesser one serving, owes us, the one being served. Again, this is not found in the teaching of Jesus.
Jesus, God’s Only Son, a part of the God Head, came to earth to serve mankind. In the serving of mankind, Our Lord’s example should motivate us to serve one another with no strings attached. “My help come comes from the Lord, which made the heaven and earth.” (Psalms 121:2) “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) “But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” (Luke 22:26) This teaching of Jesus is also found in Proverbs 3:27, Galatians 5:13, I Peter 4:10 and 2 Corinthians 13:4.
The simple acts of serving “one another” to the degree Jesus taught is not automatic, nor easy. It comes by choice to be obedient to our Lord Jesus. It comes as we surrender and ask God by His Holy Spirit to empower us to do so. Daily serving “one another” will have great eternal rewards.
Mark A. Wetzler is pastor of the Mille Lacs Living Water Assembly of God Church in Wahkon.