What Are You Serving?

Upon reading and reflecting on yesterday’s Gospel, one line in particular spoke to me,

“Such is the case with the Son of Man who has come, not to be served by others, but to serve, to give his own life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

Our Lord was and IS a servant King. He is here to serve us, not to have us serve Him. We are all called to do the same. I’ve reflected on this in my own life. Do I serve others? I am a youth minister. That’s service to others, isn’t it? I’m a husband and a father as well. That qualifies as service to others as well, right? Yes, I do serve others in my job and in my vocation as a husband and a father. But true service to others is done without expecting ANYTHING in return. Do I do that? The answer to that would have to be a resounding NO!

I am not completely selfless in my service to others. I do, oftentimes, expect something in return. Whether it’s a pat on the back for a job well done or the opportunity to put my feet up and let others serve me for a while, I do desire a payback in my service to others. This is not what Christ was intending. He wants us to give of our selves, and then give some more. We will be repaid for the service we do to others, in this life or the next, but we should not EXPECT the pay back. We should give without any expectation for a “return on our investment”.

Lord, give us the strength to serve You and others without expecting anything back.

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Published in: on March 12, 2009 at 7:30 pm  Leave a Comment