Before you start yelling at me, hear me out. No, I'm not saying that as a servant, you have to be a slave but check this out: think about the last time you visited a business, a theme park, or restaurant. My guess is that the establishment tried to make you feel very special. Why? It's because their aim is to have great customer service and to have you come back again. They want you to tell others about how good of an experience you had. Many big businesses know that the major force behind their success is excellent service.
The same is true on a personal level. When you live to serve others (and no, I'm not talking about you standing over someone feeding them grapes and fanning them with those huge feather fan things while they lie there being pampered), you make an impression in someone's life that makes them remember how special you made them feel. They tell others, they believe your story, you uplift them and what do they do in return? If they are in their right mind, they turn around and try to do something special for you.
When I think of the ultimate servant, the best example I can find is Jesus Christ. This Man's life was complete service. From what I have studied in the scriptures, I have seen this Man live a life of doing for others. That was His mission. He healed the sick, made blind men see, raised people from the dead, encouraged people to live life and have hope. That's service. What I really find humbling is when people should have been washing His feet, He instead washed their feet. I don't know about you but I barely want to wash my feet, let alone someone else's bunions, corns, and foot fungus. The Man was just that much of a servant. Never have I read about Him having the attitude of thinking He was better than others, needed people to pamper Him or make Him feel like He was the bomb dot com. He came to this world not to be served, but to serve.
What I'm simply saying is that by serving others, we operate in the very nature of Christ. Think back of some of the most influential people in history. Most of them are known because of their service. And with that being said, be a good servant!
Written 8/9/2013 by John Weaver