by Kelli Simpkins
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
Picture it: You’re walking in somewhere crowded and think to yourself, “I should hold the door for that person.” Then the inevitable happens; you turn into the unofficial door holder until the flow of traffic dies down. You may get a thank you or a nod of appreciation, or you might have people walk by without acknowledgment. We’ve all been in this situation at least once.
Is your first thought, “People are the worst! Why do I even bother?”, or do you just consider that they might have something else on their mind, or they simply didn’t notice you? We have opportunities to serve others day in and day out, in small and large ways. But why do we do it? Are we serving others to get recognition, or to honor God?
In Mark 10: 35-46, we see James and John asking Jesus for a place of honor in His kingdom, but Jesus made it clear that true honor comes from serving others. James and John were willing to suffer to serve Christ, and they did in a large way. If we’re striving to honor God in large ways, we should also joyfully honor Him in small ways. If our heart is in it, and we are serving for God’s glory and not our own, then the joy of ministering to others will outweigh our need for recognition.