By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35 (NKJV)

If given a choice to serve or be served, most people would opt for the latter choice. The notion of servanthood, though not a repulsive idea, is certainly not a natural affinity. Yet the call to servanthood is distinctly Christian; for Christ Himself, the Sovereign of the universe, came to serve, even to the point of death.

A clue to His mission of suffering and service is found in John 13:1-5, where Christ stooped to wash the dusty feet of His disciples: “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God, and was going back to God, rose from supper, and laid aside His garments, and taking a towel, He girded Himself about” (John 13:3-4 NASB).

Jesus was secure in His identity as God’s Son and in His destiny. The mantle of servanthood was not a threat but a fulfillment of His mission.

You can serve others when you are secure in your relationship with the Father. When you minister to others, you do so in His name and demonstrate the reality of Christ in you.

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