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Listen and Love

When asked about my next steps, my immediate response was that I need to serve more. As I mulled over the idea and prayed for God’s guidance, the personal changes that I needed to make to become a more effective servant of God were revealed to me. It’s really quite simple; I just need to remember that “it’s not about me.” I am reminded to genuinely listen to what others have to say and always love like Jesus loves. It becomes easier to serve as I do those two things.

In John 13:14-17, Jesus said to his disciples, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” Because of Jesus’s great love for mankind, He humbled himself to serve and to place the needs of others far above His own.

Jesus modeled the behavior that He requires us to follow. To be an effective servant, we must be more like Jesus. We must attentively listen more and speak less. We must love as Jesus loves. As I work towards these goals, I find that my relationships with others are becoming more comfortable and more rewarding. As I take my next steps and grow closer to Christ, I am able to serve others more effectively.


  • Often we think that we must be gifted with a talent to serve. Many of the great servants in the Bible were not gifted but were obedient to God. In what way is God leading you to serve?
  • What personal growth will you need to work on in order to be an effective servant in that role?

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