JIM COLLINS: Why it is also a privilege to serve others
IT'S ALWAYS nice when going out for the day to find a cafe or shop where we can enjoy a morning coffee or afternoon tea (and a doughnut or tea-cake!). My wife and I have favourite places in certain local towns which have become our regular refreshment venues while out on our shopping trips.
We may go back to a place because we know and like the menu options — it is in a convenient location or has scenic view from the window. On those occasions when we go to a coffee house or tea room for the first time, my first thought is normally 'do we have to go and order?' or 'do we get served?'
Whether we are served at the table or served after ordering — I appreciate the dedication and commitment which staff give when serving customers.
It is a pleasure to be served, but it is also a privilege to serve others. The bible has much to say about serving.
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Jesus said ... 'the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many'. (Mark 10:45) The prophet Isaiah described Jesus as a suffering servant when he wrote — He was ... 'a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering .. surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows ... He was pierced for our transgressions, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed'. (Isaiah 53:3-5)
As we experience the blessings of forgiveness, healing, mercy, love and compassion Jesus offers to us, He calls us to serve Him and others.
The apostle Peter wrote 'each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others' ... (1 Peter 4:10)
Many of us will remember the British TV sitcom about Grace Brothers, based in the ladies and gentlemen's clothing section of a department store, with the well known title and catchphrase of 'are you being served?'
As we are served by others this week, may we show and share our appreciation to them, but also consider the question 'who can I serve?'
Paul said to the believers in Ephesus, 'serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men'