6 Ways to Follow Jesus Example of Serving Others

Are you ready to follow the example of Jesus?
Serving others is more than keeping up with your to-do list or volunteering for self-gratification. To be a servant means that you genuinely care about people, even the people society considers unlovable or unthinkable. Jesus encourages us to follow His lead and serve one another. After washing His disciples feet which was a great act of love, humility and service, Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15). In this moment, Jesus sets an example for us to follow.

Jesus not only led by serving, but He also loved by serving, never placing Himself in a position above others. He washed feet. He fed thousands. He visited and healed the sick and the dead. He spent time with those no one else cared to spend time with. Jesus lived a life of humility. Here are six ways to follow Jesus’ example of serving others.

Volunteer in your community

If you are looking for a way to touch lives with the love and hope of Jesus Christ, consider volunteering. We serve God by serving others and we must have a servant’s heart to do that. Jesus measured greatness in terms of service, not status. God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you. Volunteer in your community. There are countless ways to serve those around you from donating blood to the Red Cross to serving food at a homeless shelter. God often tests our hearts by asking us to serve in places we didn’t know we were being called.

Place others first in your day-to-day

Jesus thought of others before He thought of Himself. He poured Himself out and gave Himself away. If you want to follow Jesus’ example of serving others, one thing you can do is place others first in your day-to-day. Think about the needs of others and how you can place them before your own. Does someone you work with or go to church not have transportation? Offer them a ride. Do you see a struggling mom at the store? Let her get in line before you. Placing others first is characteristic of a servant of God.

Take a look at your schedule

If you want to follow Jesus’ example of serving others, you need to first look at your own schedule. Are you doing too much? Do you have too much on your plate? Are you keeping those things on your list because of appearances? Allow Jesus to free up your time. Ask Him to show you each day what needs to be done and what can be set aside. Not having so many things on your to-do list will free you up to more opportunities to serve others and recognize where and when you’re being called.

Listen to God

One of the best ways to find opportunities to serve is to ask God to give them to you and listen to what He is saying back. God will definitely answer, so you should be ready to jump in whenever the Holy Spirit nudges you. Follow His prompting and leading when going about your day. If you feel God is calling you to stop and serve, then do it! This doesn’t mean that you are called to take on every single opportunity to serve presented to you. Pray, ask Him, listen and then do what you are being called to do.

Ask for a change of heart

If you want to follow Jesus’ example of serving others, you have to first look at your heart. Is your heart struggling to love others? If so, ask God for a heart change and be open to Him working, stretching and changing it. When He does this, it may bring up some things you may not have wanted to see and things you need to address and work on, but asking God to do this is completely worth it. God has the power to change your heart and teach you to love others with kindness and compassion.

Perform simple acts of kindness

Everything good we experience in life is a gift from God. In fact, this is where good starts. Jesus doesn’t owe anything; He has no debts to repay. His blessings are all significant and serve the purpose of human life. Whatever good we are capable of doing is only possible because God gave us the means. A great way to freely give is by paying it forward. Perform simple, every day acts of kindness. One example of this would be paying person in line at the grocery store, coffee shop, or at a fast food place, no strings attached. Your generosity will make someone’s day and remind them of the good in this world.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). With this in mind, the question becomes who has God placed in your path? Who did you pass by this morning who could have used prayer? Who could use a hand with a chore or two? Who might need a new pair of shoes or a clean bed? We have the incredible opportunities as Christians to follow Jesus’ lead to love and serve those around us. Are you ready to answer Jesus’ call?

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