Jesus says in Mark 10:45 that "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many." If anybody should have been on the receiving end of serving, it would have been Jesus, the Son of God, who came from heaven to earth to save us. But Jesus' life on earth was about serving others, not being served. Don't you think that should give us a clue?
As humans we want to be served. When we go to a nice restaurant, if we stay in a nice hotel or go on a cruise, we want to be served. If we don't feel like we're getting the service we deserve, we'll complain to anyone who will listen. We want to be served because it makes us feel important and our lives more pleasant.
However, as followers of Jesus, our purpose for being here on earth are not about being served. We are here (we exist) to serve God and serve others. A Christian who is not devoting time and energy to serving God and serving others hasn't got a clue what the Christian life is about. That's why part of our church's vision statement challenges our congregation to "Carry Out the Mission." We exist to carry out the mission Jesus started, and Jesus' mission was to serve others, so our calling in life is to serve.
This Sunday we're giving our congregation a perfect opportunity to serve others. It's Reach Out Sunday at First Baptist Riverside. We'll gather at 9:00 a.m. for a combined worship service for our church family and friends that will include a baptism service, great music and an inspiring message about developing a "Hunger to Serve." At 10:00 a.m. we'll break into groups to go out into our community to bless our city and serve the people of Riverside. For those with mobility issues we'll have projects here at First Baptist. The rest of us will go out into the city to serve. We still have space available in many of our projects, so come and worship with us, join a group, and serve others. I think if you give service a try, you'll be blessed.