Now we know that great teachers serve their students. Great physicians serve their patients. Great managers serve their employees. Great companies serve their customers. Great churches serve their congregation. Great families serve each other. Great artists serve their fans. Great leaders serve their followers. Great countries serve their people. God says that the way to be great in His kingdom is to be a servant.
Therefore when we serve others by being more, giving more, doing more and affecting more people in a positive way, we, in turn, expand our favor and influence both with God and man.
The Bible tells us that when we serve others we, in turn, serve the Lord. For the bible says that “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof”. Which means that whatever contribution you make on this earth which leaves this earth a better place is seen as a service to the Lord, because, everything on this earth belongs to God. In Matthew 25:35-40, it says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
We create Value by serving others
Success is simply your ability to create more value. Serving or service is the action taken to meet a need. Value is always created any time a need is met.
Therefore, to become successful, you need to serve others in order to meet their needs, thereby creating more value which makes you a success.
For example, when the internet was gaining popularity in its early days, one of the biggest need that internet users had was the ability to easily search and find information on the internet. Some companies, such as Yahoo tried to meet this need but they didn’t serve the internet users well by not meeting their need. Google then came along and served the internet users well by meeting most of their needs. People could now search on the internet and instantly get their results. Meeting this need through their exceptional service to the internet users, created a lot of value for Google and catapulted them to become one of the richest companies in the world.
Apple did the same by replacing the “CD & Cassette Walkman” with the “Ipod” which enabled people to carry a thousand songs in their pocket. Microsoft also did the same by making computers accessible to all household and people instead of it being restricted to only rich companies. Today, Google, Apple and Microsoft are considered to be among the richest companies in the world due to the enormous value they have created through their excellent services to people all over the world.
When we serve others to refresh their lives, we, in turn, refresh our lives in a big way. Proverbs 11:25 says that “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.“
We lose Opportunities by not serving others
When we fail to serve others, we tend to lose opportunities that will move us to the next level in our lives. In most cases, when we fail to serve others, we lose our current position, only to be replaced by others who are ready to serve.
The Bible gives us an example in the book of Esther. In chapter one, when King Xerxes invited queen Vashti to present herself before him and his nobles, she failed to serve the King and his nobles by refusing to present herself and dance before the King and his nobles. This displeased the King and Esther replaced her as queen.
What Prevents us from Serving Others
Selfish people don’t have any interest in serving others. They don’t serve their families, neighbors, community, church, at work and/or friends.
Selfish people only think of themselves and they expect and sometimes demand others to serve them. They also tend to be very demanding and usually have a high standard of how others need to serve them.
Having a selfish attitude blinds you from seeing the enormous benefits of serving others.
People who tend to hate the idea of sharing with others never show interests in serving others. Because the art of serving others has a lot to do with sharing.
Therefore, people who do not believe in sharing, tend to be stagnant, lack growth, and in most cases shrink from their current status or position.
However, the more you serve and share, the more people want to share with you in return.
Sometimes, people tend not to care and thus prevent them from having the ability to serve others. When you don’t care about someone or something, you usually don’t have the motivation or drive to serve well.
Not caring for others is a bad attitude that usually robs most people their success. Because people who don’t care about others usually fail to see the opportunities that exist in being of service to others. Having a non-caring attitude can ruin your life.
How do we Serve Others
When we serve, we need to do so with love. Because, the Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 that, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Therefore when we serve with love, we embed all the qualities in the above passage in our service to others, resulting in our success.
In conclusion, we all need to emulate the life of Jesus, who thought us that, if you want to be great, then you need to serve others. I, therefore, leave you with this quote from Rick Warren which says, “The only way you can serve God on earth is by serving others.“