1.30.18 Prayer Prompt: Heart of Service

PRAYER PROMPT ••• In Matthew 20:26-28, Jesus said, “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 

In my opinion, these are key verses to understanding how God’s ways are not ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). 

When the Messiah was prophesied hundreds of years before His birth, people assumed He would come as a ruler. 

His less-than-grand entrance was not what was expected. 

But it makes perfect sense. 

Jesus came to serve and to save. 

A servant doesn’t generally come from the elite of society. 

His time on earth wasn’t based on pride, but humility. 

Jesus had more to say on the subject in John 13:14-16, “And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message.” 

So with His example in mind, how are we called to be humble servants too? 

How can we adopt the mindset of selfless service, especially in a culture that for all its talk about doing for others, is pretty self-seeking? 

By keeping Jesus in mind, our heart can act in genuine Christian love and service. 

Matthew 25:40 says, “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” 

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” 

Paul was a great example of a very flawed human who surrendered and developed a servant’s heart like Christ. 

He wasn’t telling readers to be like him; he was encouraging them to be like Him. 

Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to give you a heart that seeks to serve. 

Ask Him to help you be genuine, not caught up in what’s in it for you, but from humble heart of thanksgiving so you can serve… modeling Christ, who served as the absolute atonement for our sins.

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