I hear the phrase “be of service to others” and I often wonder exactly does that mean? Am I supposed to wait on people? Exactly how can each of us be of service to others? As Paul writes in Philippians chapter 2 verses 5 through 9, it starts with us not being full of ourselves. He writes; “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,”
The first thing to notice is that Paul asks us to try to have an attitude as the one Jesus had, when He walked on the earth. Think about it, Jesus could have been so very egotistical because of his birthright, but instead he wasn’t. He made it clear that he was one of the people, granted he was also known as a teacher, as a Rabbi, but he never gloated about his power. Instead he went about the business of healing people, of reaching them and making a difference in their lives. Too many of us walk around as if the world owes us a living, that people are here to do our bidding, that many folks are less than us. The reality is, if you believe we were all made in the image and likeness of God, that means that each and every one of us is essentially the same. That goes for the CEO, to the drug addict, to the normal working person. We are here to behave so that people can see Christ in us, not to pretend that we are gods. We are not, we are flawed human beings who can elevate others by offering to listen, to be a shoulder to cry on, to give a ride, to visit an elderly person, to visit a hospital, we can all do something that serves our fellow humans.
We need to try and behave as a true Christian and that is how we can be of service to others and God.