Friday Reflection


12th February 2021

...then follow me...

"If any of you wants to serve me,
 then follow me.
 ready to serve at a
 moment's notice.
 he Father will honour
 and reward anyone
 who serves me."

.....John 12:26

If we're honest we live in
a very selfish world where
everyone wants to meet their own
needs above everyone else's.

Life can easily be all about
getting, rather than giving.
So talking about serving
might not seem to be very
exciting or attractive!

Let's be clear right from
the beginning then:
if we are followers of Jesus,
then we're called to be servants.

What's more, this is a fine,
honourable, acceptable
and enjoyable thing to be
and to do.
Let's look at three reasons
why this is so.

First, we serve because
Jesus has power and authority.
Even his name, Jesus, means
Rescuer of God's people.
However, for every time
that the Bible calls Jesus
our Saviour there are
nine more times that it
calls him our Lord.

That literally means
'a person having power and
authority over others'.
If Jesus is in authority
then we have to choose whether
to obey him and serve him.

Secondly, we serve because
that's the example that
Jesus set for us.
In Philippians 2:5-8,
Paul tells us to have the
same attitude that Jesus did.
He says that Jesus

"being in very nature God,
 did not consider equality with God
 something to be used
 to his own advantage;
 rather, he made himself nothing
 by taking the very nature
 of a servant,
 being made in human likeness.
 And being found in
 appearance as a man,
 he humbled himself by becoming
 obedient to death on a cross."

Before Jesus came to earth,
he was ruling the universe
at God's side with everything
under his command.
He chose to put all of that
to one side and to come
to earth as a servant.

Then, when he was here on earth,
he also chose to serve
his disciples.
Just before he died,
he shared a Passover meal
with his friends in a room
they had borrowed
for the occasion.
(John 13).

In those days,
people wore sandals,
and their feet would get
very dirty and smelly
walking the dusty roads
during the day.

Normally when they went
to someone's house,
a servant would wash their feet
as a sign of welcome.

Jesus and his disciples
didn't have any servants
to do that job.
You can imagine them looking
at one another, thinking
'I wish there was someone
here to wash my feet!'

None of them seemed willing
to do it for each other.
Then Jesus surprised them all
by getting up,
pouring water into a basin
and washing their feet
one by one.

Here was the creator
of the universe doing the
job of the lowliest servant!

Jesus could do that because
he was secure in who he was.
In John 13:3 it says that
Jesus knew who he was,
where he had come from
and where he was going.

He knew that his identity
didn't come from what he did,
but from who he was.
So he was happy to serve his
friends and to set us an
amazing example.

The third reason
why we serve is because
Jesus has told us to.

In Matthew 20:20-28,
the mother of two of Jesus' disciples -
James and John -
came and asked if her boys
could be rulers in
Jesus' coming kingdom.
Jesus said in response:

"whoever wants to be
 great among you must be
 your servant,
 just as the Son of Man
 didn't come to be served
 but to serve."

So, serving is an
honourable thing to do;
something we do because
we love Jesus and want
to be more like him.
We serve him,
secure in our identity
as God's children,
not as slaves
but as Jesus' friends.

Who can we serve today?

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'Brother, sister, let me serve you.'
(with lyrics)'
sung by Matt Beckingham
via the link shown below.