As God’s Son, Jesus deserved a palace with a throne, complete with servants waiting on His every need or desire. Yet for Jesus, it wasn’t about the lap of luxury or the fame. Jesus came for a different reason. He came to save us and rather than being served, He chose to serve others.
The Book of Mark records it this way—Jesus said, “Even the Son of Man did not come to be served. Instead, he came
to serve others. He came to give his life as the price for setting many people free” (Mark 10:45, NIV).
For us, we often think of service in terms of our experience with a waiter at a restaurant or the phone call we make
for technical support. But as we lean into God’s heart and discover what it means to reflect His character to the world around us, we soon discover something more about service. It’s not just what people do for us, but rather what we need to be doing for the people around us.
It’s like our definition for service: lending a hand to help someone else. There’s something pretty great that happens when we decide to take the focus off of ourselves and lend a hand to help someone who needs it.
When we start to serve others we begin to realize that God is up to something big in this world. The amazing thing is that He wants us to be part of it. This month as we learn what it means to lend a hand and serve others, we pray kids are inspired to use what they have to join in the work God is doing and make a difference in the world.
I think that we all want our children to grow up and recognize that the world doesn’t actually revolve around them—that often life is about what can do for the people around us. We hope that kids start to understand that they really do have an important role in this world to give, to help, and to serve others.