Cultivate Humility Through Service: “For even 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
Sometimes pursuing peace in our relationships looks a lot like servanthood. And let’s be honest, this runs pretty contrary to our nature. Sure, there are times we may be filled with goodwill and service towards those we love, but what about the times when we’re not really, ya know…feelin’ it?
Somehow I think I know the answer to that question. And in case I have any doubt, Jesus’ words in Mark 10:45 make it pretty clear- the Son of Man came to serve. Sometimes I just have to let that really sink in. Who am I then to think that I am here to serve only myself? If Jesus washed the dirt covered feet of his disciples- including the one who would betray him- I think this says something about my role in serving those around me.
Because here’s the truth: serving changes our hearts. It naturally disposes us to a greater affection for the one we’re serving. Perhaps not right away. But over time, the more we serve, the more our hearts will soften. Why? Because this is God’s design! He created our brains and emotions to work together in such a way that it is almost impossible to not increase our affections for those whom we pray for and serve.
Our relationships improve when we bring ourselves low. When we consider others better than ourselves. When we consider others’ needs before our own. Whew, talk about a simple concept with a difficult execution! But please know, this is not possible in our own strength. Pray for the Spirit to give you a spirit of humility as you serve those in your life- whether your spouse, children, family, friends, co-workers, or a stranger.
Then, keep your eyes open for opportunities to serve. Trust me, there is no shortage! Challenge yourself to ask the question, “What can I do for you today?” Or, consider how you may pray for those God places in your everyday path.
May we all pursue peace with others as we intentionally serve in faithful love.