Meditation Monday – A Journey Into Servanthood.

by Christine Sine


Jesus the servant of all. It is not a popular image. Like the disciples who argued about who was the greatest we prefer to think about sitting next to Jesus on his throne rather than washing feet or touching lepers. Yet Jesus says

Whoever wants to be first must be last, and whoever wants to be the greatest must be the servant of all. (Mark 9:35)

What is your response?

Sit for a moment and think about Jesus as a servant. What images come to mind? How do these agree with or contrast with your usual images of Jesus? In what ways might God be asking you to become more servant like and identify more fully with Jesus the servant?

Washing feet Dallas Theological Seminary

Washing feet Dallas Theological Seminary

Servants are often abused, mistreated, paid unfair wages. I think of that as I watch teachers strike for decent salaries, and hear the appalling stories of how many farm workers and those in the hospitality industry are treated. I think of it as I hear about the atrocities faced by refugees fleeing persecution and watch the ways that the poor and the disabled in our society are often treated.

I think at the kingdom banquet that Jesus will be serving tables, not sitting at the head.

What is your response?

Who are the servants around you that most represent Jesus the servant of all? Where do you see Jesus in those who work beside you, or for whom you work? Are there ways that God might ask you to share their burdens?

Listen to the Servant song below. Imagine yourself as Jesus the servant. How else is God asking you to respond?

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writeon1950 October 12, 2015 - 5:15 pm

I see Jesus in the person who stops to pick up a package dropped, who does not put their head down or try to use another door to avoid the ringing bell and red kettle at Christmas or the veteran with the box of poppies. I see Jesus in the man who stops to talk to the beggar on the street or the woman taking time to drop off soup to a sick neighbor. I see Jesus in the person who walks away from gossip or offers to sit in for one who is caregiver to a loved one and never gets a break. I see Jesus in the person who will stand up and say “that’s wrong” or “I don’t agree” even if it means standing alone and then offers an alternative solution. I see Jesus in those that refuse to judge another but still have the wisdom of gentle discernment. I see Jesus in those who even when “too busy” will stop or take a detour to listen to or help another change a tire, or tell the bully to stop. Being a servant is not that difficult, but you do need to look up and be willing to see a need that is not yours.

Christine Sine October 12, 2015 - 5:39 pm

I am glad that you find being a servant is not difficult for you. For many it is extremely difficult. God bless you in your journey

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