There’s a lot of privileges and perks in life. Because someone once had this great marketing motto: “Customers are kings“.
And almost everyone is to some extent a customer. Whether we eat out or purchase food at a local grocery store, we have some expectations to be treated in a certain way by the people who want to serve us (or just sell us something). It’s a privilege we think we buy together with the products they are selling.
Some are treated special at fancy restaurants, because of the pricey dishes they serve, others insist on receiving an extra special treatment, because of their bank accounts or simply their kingship as a customer.
A few also think to have that same right to treat a waiter or a sales person like the scum of the earth, because we have bought the privileges to be king or queen over them (even if just for that specific time and place).
But not so with Christians. Thankfully, followers of Christ don’t impose to be treated specially. Because we know our only privilege here on earth to be this:
A follower of Christ came not to be served, but to serve others.
Jesus Christ, who many believers claim to follow, has demonstrated this by washing the feet of his “subordinates” (John 13:1-17) and not having to impose on others to treat Him as a king (although He had ALL the right to expect such an extra special treatment!)
We now received all the right as disciples to follow into His footsteps by laying down our privileges and rights as a (future) citizen of heaven and child of God to become a slave to all, just as Jesus Christ did so Himself… What an act of love indeed.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though He was God,
He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.
Instead, He gave up His divine privileges;
He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form,
He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
(Philippians 2:5-8 NLT)
One last thing, as we proceed to have that same attitude…
So many believers are scared that their serving or giving or kindness would be abused. And it’s really pointless to have that fear for two reasons (besides just being obedient to Jesus’ commands):
- Disciples of Christ are called to deny themselves for the sake of the salvation of others. This was made clear to Peter in Mark chapter eight as he was urging Jesus to forsake His duty and mission to serve the world by dying for them… Jesus said, “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” and continues on by saying, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me.” So, if you’re dead to the things of this world (including abuse), then what damage can they do to you?
- Disciples of Christ “work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” according to Paul. If you’re motives are set straight and you know where your rewards come from, you’ll always be sufficiently motivated to serve regardless the outcome.
The worst behavior a Christian can allow to happen in her/his own life would be that of a king/queen. Allowing people to walk all over you is only a bad thing merely from a human point of view (just like dying on the cross), but from the God point of view it’s the best thing that could ever happen to you.