What Jesus teaches about Servanthood


Have you ever wondered what true greatness looks like in God’s eyes? In a world that often emphasizes power, success, and recognition, Jesus presents us with a radical alternative. He teaches that true greatness lies in servanthood—humble, compassionate, and selfless service to others.

As we dive into understanding Jesus’ teaching on servanthood today, I want to encourage you to open your heart and mind. This simple yet profound concept has the power to transform our relationships, communities, and even our own hearts. So, let’s embark on this journey together and discover what it means to be a servant in the kingdom of God.

Bible Verse

Matthew 20:28 (NIV): “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


Jesus’ life exemplifies the ultimate act of servanthood. He left the glory of heaven to walk among us, to serve us, and ultimately to lay down His life for us. This was not just an act of humility but also an example for us to follow.

When Jesus’ disciples argued about who would be the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven, He didn’t rebuke their desire for greatness but redefined it. He illustrated that greatness in God’s kingdom is measured not by how many serve you, but by how many you serve. In serving others, we reflect the heart of Jesus and embody the values of His kingdom.

Servanthood isn’t about mere actions but the posture of our heart. It’s about seeing others as valuable and worthy of our time, effort, and love. It’s about putting aside our own agendas to meet the needs of those around us. Jesus calls us to serve selflessly, with love and compassion, just as He did.

Actions to Take

  1. Identify Areas to Serve: Look for opportunities in your church, community, or even your workplace where you can offer your time and talents to serve others.

  2. Practice Humility: Make a conscious effort to put others’ needs before your own, and approach every act of service with humility.

  3. Be Compassionate: Acts of servitude should be motivated by genuine love and compassion. Seek to understand and empathize with the needs and struggles of others.

  4. Commit to Consistency: Regular, consistent acts of service have a greater impact than sporadic, grand gestures. Find ways to incorporate serving into your daily or weekly routine.

Journal Prompts

  1. What does servanthood mean to me, and how can I reflect Jesus’ example in my life?

  2. Write about a time when someone served you selflessly. How did it impact you?

  3. Who in my life can I serve more intentionally this week? What specific actions can I take?

  4. Reflect on any barriers that prevent you from serving others wholeheartedly. How can you overcome them?


Dear Lord,

Thank You for Your perfect example of servanthood. Help me to follow in Your footsteps and to serve others selflessly and with compassion. Open my eyes to the needs around me, and give me the humility and love required to meet them. Teach me to put others before myself, reflecting Your heart in all that I do. Amen.

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  2. "Jesus came to serve, not to be served. What a powerful reminder that our calling is to love and serve others selflessly. #BeAServant #WWJD"

  3. "Servanthood isn’t about actions but the posture of our heart. How can you reflect Jesus’ love through service today? #LoveInAction #ServeOthers"


In embracing servanthood, we mirror the heart of Jesus and open ourselves to a deeper, more fulfilling way of living. His teaching challenges us to look beyond ourselves and to recognize the profound significance in serving others. Let’s continue to seek out opportunities to serve with love and humility, knowing that in doing so, we reflect the very essence of Christ.

We hope this devotional has inspired you and encouraged you to walk in greater love and service. For more insights and encouragement, join us at BGodInspired.com. Together, let’s make a difference one act of service at a time.

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