Episode ThemeServant-Working: We are God's hands and feet.
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.
In the Old Testament, Israel wanted to be like other nations and asked God to give them a king. Some of Israel’s kings were God’s servants and followed God’s laws, while other kings chose to do what they wanted and led the people away from God.
One of Israel's early kings was man named David. Read some of David’s stories from 1 Samuel 16 and 17, 2 Samuel 5 and 7. David chose to follow God's laws and serve Him as he led God's people.
Many years later, Israel had a king named Ahab. Read some of Ahab stories from 1 Kings 16–22. Ahab chose to serve himself first. He ignored God's laws and led the people away from God. He even led the people to worship idols.
Every day and all the time, we decide who we are going to serve. We can choose to serve ourselves first, or we can choose to serve God and others first. When you think about serving others, you look at other people differently. Are they people who can give you stuff or are they people who you can help? When you choose to serve others instead of trying to get them to serve you, you are behaving like Jesus. Jesus did say that he did not come to be served, but to serve (Mark 10:45).