Will you Answer the Call to Serve?
From the humble streets of Galilee to the mountaintops of Jerusalem, Jesus Christ's life was a testament to compassion, love, and selflessness. Throughout his earthly journey, he exemplified a unique and profound legacy of service, inspiring countless followers to carry on his mission of spreading kindness and goodwill to others. As his disciples, we are called to serve, taking up the mantle he left behind, and in doing so, we honor his life and teachings.
At the core of Jesus' teachings lies the call to love one another as he loved us. This fundamental message encompasses not only words of encouragement but also a way of life characterized by acts of service. Throughout the Gospels, we witness Jesus feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and comforting the broken-hearted. His life was a living example of putting others' needs before his own, reinforcing the importance of serving the marginalized and downtrodden.
In Matthew 25:40, Jesus articulated, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you did for me," underscoring the profound significance of possessing a servant's heart. This truth is exemplified in one of his most poignant moments when he washed his disciples' feet, displaying the essence of humility and self-sacrifice. This powerful act serves as a poignant reminder that genuine leadership arises from serving others, rather than pursuing personal gain or power.
As followers of Christ, we are called to embrace this legacy of service with open hearts and hands. Jesus himself urged his disciples to go out into the world and spread the Good News, to be the light in the darkness, and to be salt that preserves and enriches society. Today, this call to serve remains unchanged and applies to every aspect of our lives. Service doesn't require grand gestures or fame; it begins with the simplest acts of kindness. By lending a helping hand to someone in need, offering a listening ear to a friend in distress, or volunteering for a charitable cause, we echo the spirit of Jesus' ministry. Our actions, no matter how small, can have a profound impact on the lives of others. Furthermore, serving others is not just an external expression of kindness; it can also be a transformative process within ourselves. Through service, we develop empathy, compassion, and a deeper understanding of the human experience. As we step into the shoes of those we serve, we cultivate a broader perspective that transcends our own desires and helps us forge authentic connections with others.
Embracing the legacy of Jesus' service leaves an indelible mark on the world around us. It creates a ripple effect that extends far beyond our immediate actions. When we commit ourselves to serving others, we inspire and encourage those around us to do the same, creating a chain reaction of goodness and love. As we serve, we carry the light of Jesus into every corner of our communities, we act as instruments of peace, contributing to building a more compassionate and caring society, one that reflects the teachings of Jesus.
Jesus' legacy of service is an invitation for us to embody the essence of his teachings and extend his compassion to every person we encounter. By answering this call, we not only honor his life but also bring hope and love to a world in desperate need of healing. Let us embrace the legacy of Jesus' service with humility, compassion, and unwavering dedication. As we serve others, we become the living testament to his message of love, and in doing so, we carry forward his timeless legacy to future generations, leaving an enduring mark on the world.
Adrian is the co founder of The Nova Project. He is a speaker, author, bible teacher, filmmaker and entrepreneur. He currently lives in Geneva with his wife Robertha and two sons Levi-Hunter and Luke-Pierce.