#prayerparents; on serving as children of a king

This weekend, our family had the privilege of attending our church’s retreat in the mountains not far from our home. The theme for this year’s children’s program was on being a child of the King. Over the next few Monday’s, we will focus on the qualities a child of a King should cultivate and develop; qualities to help them become like the greatest King of all, Jesus.

#prayerparents; on serving as a child of the King

Jesus opened our eyes as to how a person of royalty should behave and carry oneself. He was our teacher and greatest example in living a life of serving others.

Luke 22: 24-27 says this, “Now an argument sprang up among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he (Jesus) told them, “The kings of the unbelievers lord it over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called benefactors. But you are not to do so. On the contrary, the greatest among you should become like the youngest, and the one who leads should become like the one who serves. Because who is greater, the one who sits at the table, or the one who serves? It is the one at the table, isn’t it? But I’m among you as one who serves.”

#prayerparents; on serving as a child of the King

photo credit to Michelle Chaya

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

 #prayerparents; on serving as a child of the King

Photo credit to Michelle Chaya

With royalty come certain privileges and responsibilities. We are called to serve other’s, not to try and get other’s to serve us; to look for ways to bring joy to other’s, not to create happiness for ourselves. Learning to serve others, is the privilege we will be intentionally praying for today, for our children and for ourselves as well.

If we fully adopted the role of a servant, how would our lives change? With every moment we would be looking for ways to serve;  giving our time, our attention, our respect, smiling, holding a door, writing a simple note. Serving is removing our own expectations on what we think we deserve and instead, doing what we can do to lighten the burden of another. It is refocusing our gaze from ourselves onto Christ, and in doing so, onto the needs and burdens of other’s.

#prayerparents; on serving as a child of the King

Photo credit to Michelle Chaya

Mother Theresa said this, “Give, but give until it hurts.”

There are thousands of ways we can serve everyday, thousands of ways to give. What does a life of serving look like to you?