Humble Service

President Jimmy Carter

Years ago someone visited the church in Plains, Georgia where President Jimmy Carter is a member. The visitor noticed that the church had some sign-up sheets for members to volunteer for particular jobs that needed to be done in the church. He also noticed that Jimmy Carter had signed up to clean the bathrooms!

Image that! The man who was commander-in-chief of the most powerful army on the face of the earth was willing to clean the bathrooms in his local congregation! That’s what you call humble service. And that’s the kind of service Jesus expects from those who follow him.

“Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’”—Matthew 20:25-28.

 

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