In this three-part blog series, we will look at living with intentionality. The content is derived from talking points from a “Spiritual Time-Out” for the leaders at Southwestern Advantage. The legacy we leave behind is determined by those we impact. At present, we are all in the process of building our life’s legacy. This legacy will be our leave-behind when our life concludes. In other words, we should be intentional in how we live, so as to leave a lasting influence to those we love.
Part 2: I will intentionally serve others
This is possibly one of the greatest of all the principles in the Bible. Being a servant has a dual role: being a servant to God; and serving our fellow man. Serving others is an important way in which we serve God.
Found in the Gospel of Mark (also in Matthew, where their momma was also involved), brothers John and James asked to have places on the right and left side of the throne of Jesus in Heaven. Jesus had this to say about it after the other apostles objected to what they thought was a a push for power and position in the Kingdom by the brothers:
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
– Mark 10:43-45
Here’s a great example of what we can take from this when it comes to serving others:
Be a foot washer. Jesus was. Another example for which he displayed the principle of serving others was when he washed the feet of his disciples. His purpose in doing so was to show how much he loved them by serving them as a slave would his master – to show them no one is above serving anyone else. In fact, now that they had been taught this lesson, they would be further blessed by God by carrying it out.
You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as i have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.
– John 13:13-17
Another time, there is also the story when the “immoral” woman cleaned Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair, putting expensive perfume on them. She showed her faith and was saved by it because she was willing to serve Jesus as a slave would a master in the customs of the day. (Luke 7:36-50)
In addition, at a dinner party, Mary, a good friend of Jesus anointed his feet with a very expensive perfume (Jesus must have had the best smelling feet in town!). She was chastised by Judas for wasting the perfume which could have been sold for a year’s wages. Jesus put him in his place, reprimanding his logic. She was a servant to her Lord and Master. (John 12:1-8)
Washing the feet of others is not something we really do today, but the gesture is the point. Read Mark 10:43-45 again. Will it be different among YOU? To be a leader, you must be a servant. After all, “Even the son of Man came not to be served but to serve others.” This is truly living with an intentional legacy.
What are you doing to serve others?
How does it feel when you serve others?
The first post about how we can live intentionally can be found here: “I Will Intentionally Give What I Have.”