By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
It’s the restaurant-that-shall-not-be-named and we haven’t been back in a long, long time.
It took us a while to get seated. Fifteen minutes later, we were finally handed our drinks. Don’t even get me started on how long it took to get our food.
From the time we entered until the time we left, around two hours passed. Our server ignored us, our orders weren’t right, we didn’t get our drinks refilled. It was a mess. We chalked it up to poor service and vowed never to return.
I’m sure we all have that one restaurant that we’ll never go back to. The one that we hear people mention and reply with a groan saying, “You do not want to go there and let me tell you why!”
But on the other hand, there are also those restaurants that hold a special place in your heart. They are always one of your first choices. You never forget that really good waitress or waiter who was funny, quick, or always met your needs before you needed them. You always recommend these places, “The service is really good there.” Even if the food is just okay, you will go because you know you’ll be treated well.
It struck me that I know a server that people are thankful for. That server who people always recommend. The person who went above and beyond. Who loved the people he served and truly cared about them, meeting their needs.
“For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Jesus Christ was the best server of all. He had every right to be served, to stand up on a pedestal and allow others to attend to His every need. But that’s not what Christ did. Instead, He took the position of a servant. He got His hands dirty. He strove to put others before Himself. He was always looking out for someone He could help, someone to heal, someone who needed truth.
Jesus teaches us what a really good servant looks like. And just like those exceptional waiters or waitresses, the servant that Jesus resembles is memorable. People are affected by Christians who are quick to help and to serve. When God’s Spirit enables a Christ-follower into service, people’s lives are changed for the Kingdom of God. Why? Because:
“Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40).
Let us strive to be the type of servant that Christ displays. One who lays Himself down for another. One that allows their schedule to be interrupted in order to help someone else. Who forgets themselves easily and shares the burdens of those around them?
What if our life mission what the same as Christ?
What if we are here not be served, but to serve?