“you might be an ambassador to england or france
you might like to gamble, you might like to dance
you may be the heavyweight champion of the world
you might be a socialite with a long string of pearls

you might be a rock-and-roll addict prancing on the stage
you might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
you might be a business man or some high degree thief
they may call you doctor, they may call you chief

but you’re gonna have to serve somebody
serve somebody

you might be a state trooper, you might be a young turk
you might be the head of some big tv network
you may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame
you may be living in another country underneath another name

but you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes, indeed
serve somebody
it might be the devil or it might be the Lord
but you’re gonna have to serve somebody

you may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
you may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
you may be working in a barbershop, knowing how to cut hair
you may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir

you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes, you are
it might be the devil or it might be the Lord
you’re gonna have to serve somebody

you might like to wear cotton, you might like to wear silk
you might like to drink whiskey, you might like to drink milk
you might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
you may like to be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed…”

~ “gotta serve somebody”.. by bob dylan

Everybody has to serve somebody. No matter who we are. No matter what we like to do.

This topic came up in a conversation last night… All too often, we adopt the attitude that others have to just serve us. We have no intention of volunteering our time, energy, or money to serve anybody else. If it doesn’t profit us in some way, then forget it.

So many people in the church today come to be served by others. No teaching Sunday school or working in the nursery, no working at VBS for them. If something doesn’t go their way.. well, it just better go their way.

Does anybody else see this too?

Why do we have such a problem with taking on the attitude of Christ?

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!” [Philippians 2:1-8, NIV]

As I grow, my servant’s heart and Christ-like attitude should also grow and become more mature. Sure, it’s easier to just sit back and watch everyone else work. But where is the joy in that? Joy both comes as a result of serving and causes me to want to serve more.

And besides that, I am supposed to make sure that my attitude is the same as Christ’s attitude… which means being humble enough to put others’ needs and preferences above my own. It means not complaining every time something doesn’t go my way. Serving God means that I will be serving those around me. I want to have a servant’s heart.

Do I always? No.. I honestly don’t.. but living with a Christ-like heart is a goal I am striving for.