This is a subject matter which is very crucial and essential in all spheres of relationships–both with God as well as with our fellow human beings. The two key words “humility”, “service” have never ever been aliens or strangers to each other but are rather inseparable independent companions. They ‘walk’ hand-in-hand and ‘work’ unitedly alongside each other. It’s really an unimaginable aberration or absurdity to exhibit one while denying the other, ignoring it or relegating it to the background. You can’t be humble without serving God and others. On the other hand, any service rendered outside the realm of humility is virtually meaningless and unacceptable–at least before God.
Humility is the essence and, of course, very strong motivation for true, real and worth-while service in any capacity. It makes you take the risk to serve even when there is apparently no reward in view—whether immediate or later reward. You can’t stoop low to render any service without this rare virtue because you feel ‘high’ even when you really are not. Come to think of Jesus our Lord and Saviour who is the Maker of heaven and earth. The entire universe and all its contents were made by Him. The Scriptures even confirm that “all things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John1:3). Yet He stooped so low in humility to serve His own very creatures “leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1Peter 2:21).
This “Man of Galilee” is our highest role model for He is the meekest person that ever lived on earth. It’s absolutely unimaginable that the Creator should serve His creatures what more could we have? That is the peak of humility. No wonder He particularly asks us to learn of Him “for” in His words “I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29). Everywhere He went He made sure He rendered worthy service useful for mankind. He went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Act 10:38). He walked down the dusty roads of Israel among men, served by teaching them as well as feeding both their hungry souls and bodies. The sublimity of His life of humble service was displayed in a very practical, highly thought-provoking and intensely instructive manner by washing His disciples’ feet in the upper room once upon a time. It was however climaxed in an amazing and awful way by which He surrendered His body to be abused, maltreated to an unimaginable state of battery, and He laid down His life for us on the cross (Phillipians 2:7,8).
Moreover, He told His disciples in Matthew 20:27&27 that “whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” What other service could be greater than this? Meanwhile, prior to this statement, there had been a tussle over who would be the greatest among them in His Kingdom and this, of course, emanated from pride. I wish I could have been there to see the look on the face of each one of them upon hearing the Lord’s shocking statement “I’ve come to serve you and you should serve each other too if you want to be truly great.” That put them back in their place and they were really humbled! They never did again engage in a melee over the non-essential.
Hey there! If ever you are serving God in any capacity primarily for some temporal benefits you expect to receive in return or just to show that you are there, or rather maybe in order to just be in charge and lord it over others, then you are “serving” for the wrong reasons! Sorry to say, but that service is not real. This truth might definitely sound ridiculous and rather crazy in the ears of the world because the reverse is what is obtainable instead. But that’s for the world and not God’s Kingdom. In His Kingdom, you can’t be regarded as really ‘serving’ without humility being the prime accompaniment within the grand-central factor of love.
Matter-of-factly, it is while you are busy serving God humbly and never seek a “crown” that He lifts you up and makes you great. Even at this point, you still don’t shelve humility for it brings you to the realization, acknowledgement and confession that “we are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” (Luke17:10). To do otherwise would be utter foolishness. Never take the glory belonging to God. Humbly and simply give it back to Him and you’ll experience more greatness.
Finally, dearly beloved reader, always remember that humility is the very essence of true and rewarding service.