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Following Jesus: The Art of Servanthood

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Jesus is the ultimate example of servanthood. He came to earth not to be served, but to serve others and give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). As Christians, we are called to follow in His footsteps and serve others as an expression of our love for God. Let’s explore how Jesus modeled servanthood and how we can apply His teachings to our daily lives, particularly as Christian homeschool families.

Jesus’ Servanthood in Action

Jesus demonstrated servanthood through His actions. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and washed His disciples’ feet. He did not consider any task too small or menial if it meant serving others. In John 13:14-15, Jesus says, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” This is a powerful statement that highlights Jesus’ humility and willingness to serve. As Christian homeschool families, we can learn from this example and serve others in our communities by volunteering with local ministries, visiting the sick, or helping the elderly.

Jesus’ Teachings about Servanthood

Jesus also taught about servanthood through His parables. One of the most well-known examples is the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). In this story, a man is robbed and left for dead on the side of the road. Two religious leaders pass by without helping, but a Samaritan stops to care for him, even though Samaritans were considered enemies of the Jews. This parable teaches us that true servanthood means helping those in need, regardless of who they are. As Christian homeschool families, we can teach our children to love their neighbors as themselves and to show compassion to those who are hurting.

Jesus’ Servanthood in the Work of Redemption

Jesus’ ultimate act of servanthood was His death on the cross. He willingly sacrificed Himself for the sins of humanity, taking on the punishment that we deserved. In Philippians 2:5-8, Paul writes, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” This passage emphasizes the importance of humility and obedience in serving others. As Christian homeschool families, we can teach our children to follow Jesus’ example by putting others before ourselves and being willing to make sacrifices for their benefit.

Jesus modeled servanthood in every aspect of His life; and as Christians, we are called to imitate Him. By serving others, we demonstrate our love for God and show His love to the world around us. As Christian homeschool families, we have a unique opportunity to teach our children about the importance of servanthood and to put those teachings into practice in our daily lives. Let’s pray for grace to be humble, compassionate, and obedient servants of Christ, following in His footsteps and bringing His light to a dark world.

All for our King’s glory, 

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