Years ago, the Salvation Army was holding an international convention and their founder, Gen. William Booth, could not attend because of physical weakness. He cabled his convention message to them. It was one word: “OTHERS.”
What a simple, yet profound way to communicate the purpose of the organization that he had founded. What was the original goal of the Salvation Army? Serving others and meeting needs!
Who are you serving today? As a follower of Christ, we are called to be OTHERS-centered. The opposite of this is called “self-centeredness” which only leads to a destructive end. “But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger” (Romans 2:8, NIV).
One of the very fundamental purposes for which Christ came was to serve OTHERS! And if He, the Son of God, did not come to be served but to serve OTHERS, who are we to refrain from service in God’s Kingdom?
In Mark 10:42-45 Jesus stated:
You’ve observed how godless rulers throw their weight around,” he said, “and when people get a little power how quickly it goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage (The Message).
Today, why not take a few moments to talk to Jesus and ask Him where He would have you serve in His Kingdom? Who knows? It could change your life and the life of OTHERS! Let’s find our place in the Kingdom.