I love Downton Abbey, the BBC show I see on PBS. It gives such a unique view of the lives of the rich and influential and those who serve them.

A couple things I’ve noted. Most of the servants are glad for the job. They genuinely care about those upstairs. They show great respect and great self-discipline. After all, they are at the beck and call of those they serve. Therefore, they aren’t whining or begging off work. They come when they’re asked and they even try to anticipate the needs of those they wait on.

Since I’ve never worked as a servant or had servants, this is all very informative. I find it helpful in understanding some of the Biblical concepts–serving God and serving other people. I like having a picture of what that looks like.

Of course, Paul gave a good picture in Philippians:

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Interesting how his model ended up with Jesus. We Christians are to take up our cross–not as a solo effort. In other words, all that we do as servants stems from what Christ first did for us. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” (I Peter 2:24)

Published in: on October 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm  Comments Off on Servanthood  
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