Dental Devotions: Serve or Be Served?

Almost every day at our office, we have a morning prayer to start our day. We pray for our patients and for other prayer concerns that are mentioned before we pray. We also pray that God would grant us servant hearts. We pray these things so that God would bless our office with the ability to take care of our patients.

We pray for servant hearts to be given to each member of our team because we want our patients to see the Light of Jesus in us and in this place. We want our patients to know that we truly want to serve them. We want to hear their needs and to see their needs and to treat their needs. We pray these things because Jesus came as a servant. Two times in scripture he refers to himself as a servant. Over in Matthew 20:28 NASB, He says, “28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His [a]life a ransom for many.” He says it again in Luke 22:27 NASB. In this verse, Jesus says, “27 For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.”

Jesus was prophesied about long before His birth. Isaiah prophesied by the leading of the Holy Spirit chapter 42 verse 1, saying “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.” Paul wrote about in Him after His death, burial, and resurrection in Philippians 2:7 by saying, “7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”

I know for a fact that left to myself, I am a selfish individual. I know that Jesus changed all that for me. He changed me from a “taker” to one who wants to serve others. He changed me because He gave me a new heart. (Remember, we learned that in our last few blogs.) And, with this new heart, he gives us love and the ability to love others. John 3:16 explains how much He loves us and why He came as a servant and died on the cross for us.

So, now I ask you, “Do you prefer to serve or to be served?” As for me, I have learned that it is not about me but all about Him!