Last September 8, 2022, the longest reigning monarch in Britain’s history passed away. Queen Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years and 214 days. If there’s one powerful legacy she left in this world, it was her legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to those whom she served.
A life of service
A few years before becoming a queen, Elizabeth made a vow. She said:
“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”
Later, during her 25th year of reign, she mentioned:
“When I was 21, I pledged my life to the service of our people and I asked for God’s help to make good that vow. Although that vow was made in my salad days, when I was green in judgment, I do not regret nor retract one word of it.”
Truly, Queen Elizabeth lived a life of service. At the age of 19, Queen Elizabeth, who was still a princess at that time, joined the auxiliary territorial service (ATS) during the second world war.
She learned to repair vehicles and became an auto mechanic. She was the only female member of the royal family who had ever served in the military.
There’s no doubt that Queen Elizabeth became a great example of what it means to become a servant leader — something that we all should learn and apply in our lives.
Christ, our great example
As Christians, true followers of the Messiah, we are all called to serve and not be served. Our greatest example of service is no other than Yahshua the Messiah. Let’s go ahead and read His instructions to us in Matthew 20:25-28:
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
The gentile rulers’ main goal was to have dominion and authority over other people. That’s how tyrants and evil leaders rule over their subordinates. That’s the common definition of leadership. However, for followers of Yahshua, it’s different. We continue reading:
26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
This statement is just mind-blowing!
Leaders are not supposed to do that or be like that. The measure of a leader’s greatness is based on how much authority he wields. The more leaders are served, the greater they are, right?
Yet, that’s not what Christ teaches. He said that if you want to be great, serve.
If you want to be a leader, serve.
If you want to be a person of influence, you have to serve!
Here, we read the greatest example of serving:
27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
What a powerful statement from our Master and Savior.
The Jewish people’s definition of the Messiah is Someone who is going to restore the glory of Israel. He will come as a King, not a child in the manger.
That’s why they missed the Messiah even though He was just in plain sight!
The first coming of the Messiah wasn’t meant to overthrow the world government. His life was meant to become a life of service and performing the greatest service for mankind, that is to lay down His life for us.
Loving through serving
I want to call all of you to serve. To have that attitude of service, to have the initiative to be part of something greater than yourself, to have the heart of a volunteer — someone who is not motivated by selfish gains and money.
This reminded me of Galatians 5:13. Let’s read:
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
We serve through godly love.
If we have love in our hearts, it will motivate us to serve. If we truly love one another, brethren, we will inevitably serve one another.
Let me give you an example.
Have you ever asked yourself why your wife or your mother keeps on waking up each day to prepare breakfast for you? Why does she do the laundry, clean the house, and take care of the family even though she was not paid for it?
The reason is love.
Because she loves you and your family, she doesn’t need someone to wake her up. She doesn’t need someone to command her.
She does it voluntarily.
That’s what serving one another means. No one needs to tell you to set up the hall. No one needs to tell you to arrange the flowers. No one needs to tell you to prepare the snacks. You do it out of love and care for the brethren.
Serving is a path to happiness
It is true that serving can be tiring, and sometimes, it will demand a lot of energy and time from a person.
As this might be the case, it seems that the more a person serves, the more he or she feels blessed and happy.
I believe this is one of God’s remarkable spiritual laws in the universe for all of us to realize.
If you really, truly, and genuinely want to be happy and blessed, serving is the answer. Life is good if you are happy, but life is at its best when other people are happy because of you.
When you make other people happy, happiness will eventually find its way back to you. This is something that I always have proven in my life, time and again.
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Serve no matter who you are
In your life, you don’t have to be a minister, pastor, or church leader to serve. Everyone can contribute to the success and growth of the Church or your community. No matter what station or office you hold, you can always give something to make this world a better place to live in.
Never ever underestimate the small things that you can do, because those small things, when combined together, will become great.
God can use your small things and use it for His greater purpose.
Just like Queen Elizabeth, strive to live a life of service.
Make it your magnificent obsession.
Make it your passion.
The more you serve, the more you will feel fulfilled.
Stop being a spectator and start being a doer. Be a volunteer rather than just watch as things happen.
Remember, we can all serve without loving, but we can never love without serving.
Serving as your calling
It is not enough to just do a one-time big action of serving.
Service ought to be such a part of us that it defines us in the eyes of those around us.
It must not be directed to just one individual or a group of people, but it must be done to anyone who needs help. Keep in mind that Yahshua died for all and not just for a select few.
Yes, most people will not appreciate you or even remember the kind words or actions you’ve done. But God is faithful and just to remember the good works we’ve done within this lifetime.
So never give up.
Continue in serving because, at the end of the day, it is between you and God and not between you and them.
Live a life of service, be an inspiration, and be a blessing and at the end of your life, I can assure you that you have lived a wonderful life. You can be confident that God will reward you for the service you have rendered.
Let me leave you with these words found in Hebrews 6:10:
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
With that said brethren, let us all live a life of service.