Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written. Worship the Lord your God , and serve only Him.” Matthew 4:8-10 HCSB
My wife and I have had the privilege of touring the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina. This 250 room house is still the largest house in the United States. The house was built by George Vanderbilt. There were 40 men and women servants who helped take care of the Vanderbilt’s, their guests, the home, and the grounds. The servants were treated much like family and had very nice quarters with indoor plumbing, a luxury at the time the house was built. At Christmas all of the servants and their children were given gifts. In many ways, George Vanderbilt had servants who served him, but he was also a servant to them and helped take care of their needs.
Jesus said that He came to serve and not to be served. He even took on the role of a lowly servant and washed the feet of His disciples. He set the example for all of us. We are to worship the Lord and serve only Him. One of the ways that we worship the Lord and serve Him is by being a servant to others. Jesus brought glory to God as He willfully gave His life as a ransom for others.
Challenge: We live in a “Me” culture where everything revolves around self and what an individual wants. Are you worshiping yourself? Does everything seem to revolve around what you want? Turn your focus to God and others. Seek to serve God by serving others. Be the hands and feet of Jesus by helping meet the needs (physical, material, and emotional) of those around you. God will bless you as you worship and serve Him.