- I understand the Jet Blue is now "serving" the Charleston airport. So, is serving about low cost passenger jets?
- I know people that are "serving" time. Is that what serving is...jail time?
- I know restaurants that are "serving" new selections of food. So, is this anything to do with a meal?
- I know soldiers that are "serving" their last tour of duty. Thanks for your service, but is this an army thing?
Here's my thought. Maybe serving is not something we are paying to have done for us, but is that which costs us time, effort, and resources. Maybe good service is not about giving someone a good day's work, for a decent wage, but it maybe it should be giving yourself to others with no expectation of return. Maybe serving is less about how long someone spends in jail, and more about spending and being spent for those who are imprisoned by sin and circumstances.
It took me a few pages, but when I googled "serving," I did find this:
"Your generous acts of kindness reach far beyond food and show values of compassion and love..."
That's where we become like God. It is not a part of being godly...if you do not serve others, you cannot be godly. I came to terms with that many years ago after an epiphany at a Promise Keeper's Weekend in Tennessee. For the first time, I saw my role as a pastor, as a husband, and even as a father as a servant. It changed me. I hope for the better.
After all, when we look at the condescension passage in Philippians 2, we do not see a king lording his authority over his subjects. We see a servant willing to give everything, even his own life...for others...for you...for me.
That's a servant; that's my Jesus. Lord, may it be me...
Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death-even to death on a cross. (Philippians 2:7, 8 HCSB)
"Make your attitude that of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5).
Pastor Trey Rhodes
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