I attended a church service some years ago for the homeless whom I dearly love when I decided to stop going to the service because I didn’t like aspects of the service. One day the Lord broke through my pride, self-righteousness, judgment, and selfishness and used this verse to lead me to repentance and send me back to the service to do something altogether surprising which shouldn’t have been surprising in the least. To lovingly and humbly SERVE! Not as an obligation with a bad attitude, but in answer to His calling to serve – with the right heart!
“For even the Son of man came not to be ministered [also served per Strong’s concordance]unto, but to minister [also serve per Strong’s concordance], and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
Please note the word SERVICE in church SERVICE. I had it all backwards. I was caught up in SELF and seeking to be served instead of denying self, taking up my little cross, and following the Lord which includes SERVING Him and others.
“…Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Mark 8:34
I still didn’t like aspects of the service, but I had the opportunity to humble myself and serve as I should have done in the first place!
Even as I write this, I know the Holy Spirit is using the same verse to bring more conviction, correction, and refining in my life. I ever need to humble myself and to be vigilant about not falling back into my selfish, self-seeking ways.
We are not to seek to be served, friend. We are to continually seek opportunities to love and SERVE the Lord and others as His Holy Spirit so leads us! With a glad, humble, and thankful heart!