The Nature of a Servant

“Taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself . . .” (Philippians 2:7–8).
 
When I was in college, my first job on campus was cleaning the communal bathrooms in the boys’
dorm. It was hardly a glamourous job. It certainly wasn’t the job I would have chosen, but it was one I was
assigned. A couple weeks into the semester, though, I began to realize that this job was more than just a way to
make a couple bucks. It was a way to serve the guys I lived with. Seeing my job as serving my friends changed
my attitude about the job.

Jesus took the “very nature of a servant” when he came down in the flesh. The word servant might even
be better translated as “slave”. Jesus didn’t come down for himself, but to serve us. One of Jesus’ teachings to
his disciples said, “You know that those who are regarded as 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 slave of all. 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 10:42–45. Jesus came to serve,
and in doing so, modeled how we should live. How are you serving today?