How do we reach our world with the good news that there is hope in the name of Jesus? Our mission statement says, among other things, that we will “passionately demonstrate the love of Jesus by… serving all people.” Last Sunday we introduced the new series, The Book of Glory, where our Lord gives his followers one last, long teaching to prepare them for a life of impacting their world. The first passage in this teaching features the time in the Upper Room when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. This means that key to making an impact for the gospel in our world is to serve others. In fact, the word ministry literally means “service.”
You may have noticed that we didn’t have time to look at the last verse in last Sunday’s outline. Here it is:
35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. – Luke 12:35-37 (NIV)
This is an amazing passage. Here, the Lord counsels us to be like servants who are ever-ready for their Master to return. Then, in an incredible role-reversal, verse 37 says the Master will dress himself to serve us while we recline at the table. What Jesus does in the Upper Room when he washed his disciples’ feet he will somehow replicate when he returns in glory. Oh the servant heart of our Lord! We worship a kneeling, serving, glorious Savior. Our joyful duty is to serve each other in the same way.
This is why we do the things we do at Crosswalk to serve our community. This explains our ministry at the Refuge and our partnership with local ministry partners who bless others in the name of Jesus.
Cheryl A. Bachelder, was recently in the news for her incredible success as the CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. She turned her company around with a focus on serving others. A committed Christian in the workplace, Bachelder is also the author of Dare to Serve: How to Drive Superior Results by Serving Others. In a recent interview, she share her thoughts on servanthood:
The Bible verse that’s on my calendar every day is Philippians 2:3. Because I haven’t found one that’s more paramount to how I want to lead in my family and in my work. And that is, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” I really like the choice of words around counting others more significant than yourselves. I believe we’re all born with an inner 2-year-old. And we’d really still like to be laying on the floor, kicking and screaming because we didn’t get the candy bar we wanted. It’s pretty hardwired that we’re self-absorbed little people. And we learn to fake it well, but we’re still pretty much that 2-year-old on the inside.
I find that biblical perspective really challenging in every aspect of my day—how I’m spending my time, the decisions that I make. To put them through a filter of whether I’m thinking about myself or whether I’m thinking about others… I always say servant leadership is an aspiration, because you can really never claim you’ve arrived… It’s something you’re always working toward.
Our world will notice if we DARE TO SERVE.
Love in Jesus,