-written by Matthew Hicks
When I think of the word serve, many different things come to my mind: serving in the military, serving dinner, serving a ping pong ball, serving the church. While all different, in each instance action is required from something or someone. I can’t serve in the military without first signing paperwork committing to service. I can’t serve dinner without first getting off the couch and preparing the meal. I can’t serve a ping pong ball without first finding an opponent and gathering the necessary equipment. For me, I couldn’t serve at SoHills without first practicing and waking up early on Sunday morning.
Do you notice a pattern? Each form of service is an effect of the initial action. The end result, the service we are trying to achieve, is the effect and our actions are the cause. We live in a cause & effect world; everything we do has an impact on our life and the lives of those around us.
Jesus was fully aware of this cause & effect world we live in. He understood the gravity of action He would have to take in order to erase the debt of sin, the ultimate act of service.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45
Jesus gave up His life so that we may live in the freedom found in Him. This type of humility is something we should all strive for as we pursue a life of godliness.
With Christ in us, we are able to take action steps in order to produce an eternal effect in the Kingdom of God. Paul writes, “I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:33-34).
As you listen to these songs, don’t forget that Christ came to serve others, and we should imitate that wherever we serve.
- Lay Me Down – Passion Band
- No Longer Slaves – Bethel Music
- Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) – Hillsong
Matthew Hicks is currently serving as the Creative Arts Intern at SoHills. He enjoys playing the drums, working on his tiny house, and creating videos with his drone in his spare time. He also enjoys a good pun.