Mark 10:44-45 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
2Corinthians 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.
I have to admit serving others is hard to do. Maybe it’s because my nature is looking to be served, which makes it difficult to have a serving attitude. What really counts when you serve others, is the reason you serve. When people serve others it can be for many reasons. The reason I have heard the most is, “it makes me feel good”, could this be for selfish reasons? We watched a young lady on television the other night that was born without lower legs, and had a heart for others like herself. I am sure you have heard and seen many examples like this who touched your heart, and raised great respect in you for people that unselfishly give of themselves. Many tens of thousands show up to help those in need after a natural disaster like hurricane Katrina. Is it for fun, adventure, excitement? Whatever the reason is I hope they keep up the good work, but hope they are doing it for the Lord.
But for those of us that claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior our reason to help should go much, much, deeper. If we really want to grow in Christ like the bible tells us to, we should want to serve for the same reason Jesus did, and is still doing. What motivated Jesus? love, what should motivate us? love. Jesus died for us because of His love for us, we should serve Jesus and others because of our love for Jesus. If we are serving others because of our love for Jesus and others, we may be on the right narrow road, and on our way to eternal life with Him. But if we are serving because of one of those reasons above, that is nice, and helps others in need in this lifetime, but has no eternal reward.
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,