Last November I decided to wake up early to do some black Friday shopping. There were some good deals on and I wanted to see what the big deal was. I woke up early that morning and headed off to Walmart. With some excitement, the parking lot was not full nor was there a line. I was a little concerned as the store opened 5 minutes before I had arrived. I walked in and it was jam-packed in some sections and completely desolate in others. The staff were ready, everywhere I looked I saw a blue vest. I went and picked up what I wanted to purchase and after an hour or two, I was able to finally check out and leave the store. While I was there I noticed a couple of things, you can really tell when people need a coffee but also just how demanding people were. They wanted what they “NEEDED” immediately. I mean I wasn’t happy waiting around either but it was busy there.
A sad reality we face today is that there are a lot of people who just want their needs to be met instantaneously. If we are being honest with ourselves sometimes we too feel like that. Well, this month our kids in Kids Connection have been learning about Service. Jesus shared some wise words when it comes to serving others. In Mark 9:35 it says “35 He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take the last place and be the servant of everyone else.”
I could only imagine how the disciples would have felt hearing this come from Jesus’ mouth. They would have expected like the rest of us that fighting to be first is important. However, Jesus was speaking to the value of putting yourself last is an excellent way to grow deeper in your relationship with God. Jesus didn’t only speak this as a truth He also lived it out for His disciples to see. Like any good teacher Jesus lead by example. The greatest example of this was during the last supper when Jesus washed the feet of all the disciples. That was the job of a servant and Jesus was the disciple’s teacher. He could have demanded they washed His feet but instead, He chose to set the example of putting yourself last.
As we strive to grow in our relationships with God and teach our kids the same look for ways to show what serving looks like. You can ask yourself how have I served others today? As a family, you could even talk about it over dinner and share examples of how you served others. I’m excited to see how God will use us to serve others. 🙂