What Does God Say About Serving?

"Me last!" Have you ever been the last person to be chosen for a team? Do you go to the end of the line because your last name starts with Z?

Do you run to get "first dibs" on the front seat of the car when piling in for carpool? How does it feel to be first in line when you are hot and thirsty? Jesus had some curious things to say about first and last.

In the Bible, two brothers asked Jesus for a big favor. They wanted special seats, one on the right and one on the left of Jesus’ throne after He was anointed King! They said, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory” (Mark 10:37).

The other disciples heard about it, and they were mad. Maybe they wanted the best seats too! Jesus decided to gather them all together to talk about it. How did He answer them? Discover in Mark 10:42-45. Verse 45 says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” How did Jesus show His disciples to serve others?

In God's kingdom, the servant is the greatest.

How does Jesus want you to serve others? Here are some ideas!

In your neighborhood:

  • Rake leaves for elderly neighbors or help them with trash.


  • In the lunch line, let others go ahead of you instead of wanting to be first.
  • Help a friend with her backpack.


  • Do one of your chores before you are reminded.
  • Take out all the garbage in the house.

Dear Jesus,

Thank You for teaching me how to serve. Help me to forget about me and to start thinking about others. Thank You for the ways my family, teachers and leaders in my church show me how to be a servant-leader too. Help me to encourage others to be great leaders! I pray for (insert name of someone you're praying for), who needs someone to care about, listen to, or help out today. Jesus, I pray for Compassion-sponsored kids around the world who are learning to be servants in their Bible classes just like me!

In Your name, Amen.