What do you think of when you hear the word, “serve”?
Is it merely a tennis term?
Is it a smack talking invitation to a street dancing battle?
Do you think of the waitress or waiter at a restaurant?
Serving is considering others as better than yourself, & then honoring them accordingly. It requires sacrifice, commitment & humility. Pride never compels an act of service. You cannot serve someone if you think you’re better than them.
In Matthew 20:28, Jesus says He “did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
When we think of Jesus giving his life, we mentally jump straight to his death. For some reason we associate giving his life as “dying.” But that’s not all it is.
Before He ever died, he leveraged his life, his abilities, his thoughts, & everything he had for the betterment of others. He didn’t just die, but he leveraged every minute of his life to serve others.
His actual death was less of a service & more of a payment. It’s like he was our server in his life, then he paid the bill in his death. In life, He was our Pro-Bono attorney who represented us in court, but in His death, He took our place in the prison when we were found guilty.
In His life, He served the captives, then in His death, He purchased us from captivity.
This is what it means when he says He “did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”