Serving isn’t easy. While rewarding, it can also be exhausting. Serving can be uncomfortable and awkward. It forces you outside of your comfort zone to enter into someone’s pain and suffering. There are many times we do not “feel” like serving others, but as Christians, we are called to be like Jesus, serving without limits.
In Matthew 14, when Jesus heard the news of the death of John the Baptist, He withdrew to be alone and mourn the death of His cousin and friend, but He was followed by crowds. Instead of ignoring the crowds, Jesus went to the crowds, healing the sick and feeding over five thousand people. After performing many miracles, Jesus once more tried to be alone to pray but his disciples were caught in the midst of a storm. His disciples were afraid of the storm. Jesus knew their fear and went to be with the disciples, calming the storm. Once again, Jesus served others, setting aside Himself and His desire to mourn the loss of John the Baptist.
Jesus did not have a “serving quota” as we often do. We at times think to ourselves, “We have done enough serving today. We deserve a break.” But God the Son put no limit on serving. He had a ceaseless capacity to serve others. In His humanity, Jesus would become tired (John 4:6) and sad (John 11:35), but He still continued to serve.
We are called to walk with Christ, honoring Him through our service and expanding His Kingdom. Christ had no limitations on His capacity to serve and neither should we. We are called to serve the Lord enthusiastically (Romans 12:11). And serving others truly blesses us more than those we are serving.
When you don’t feel like serving, look to Jesus, our King, who humbled Himself to serve us. He is our source of strength and encouragement even when it is exceptionally hard to serve others. When you are tired and exhausted, remember that our Savior continued to serve, unto the point of death. When we serve, we are being brought closer to Jesus.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” –Romans 12:1
Emmalyne Kwasny is a senior at Mississippi State University and serves as editor-in-chief of the university’s student-led newspaper, The Reflector. Emmalyne volunteers with Joni and Friends Mississippi and is currently interning with Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life.