The Reasons Members Should Serve One Another
God told us to “become the one who serves.” We, heavenly children, should please God by putting God’s teachings into practice.
In the Bible, let us see the reason we should serve one another.
First, it is because Christ Himself set the example of serving
“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—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.” Mt 20:26–28
God is the most high and the most holy in the whole universe. Nevertheless, He came to this earth in human likeness and served us by sacrificing Himself even to the point of death. This was to set an example of serving (Jn 13:15). Following the example of God, we should serve our brothers and sisters with all our heart.
Second, it is because we are one body in Christ
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. 1 Co 10:16–17
We participate in the body and blood of Christ through the bread and wine of the New Covenant Passover. The will of God for us is to love, consider, and serve one another who have become one body in the New Covenant.
Third, it is to receive great rewards in Heaven
“Therefore whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 18:4
…“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Lk 14:7–11
In the above verses, Jesus emphasized “serving,” saying that those who serve others with a humble attitude will become higher in heaven. This earth is a spiritual prison where sinners from heaven are confined. In prison, sinners try to exalt themselves and wield authority. This is in contrast to the order of heaven. The members, who serve brothers and sisters with a humble attitude and take care of them with love, can receive more blessings from God. Therefore, we ought to serve brothers and sisters, looking ahead to rewards and blessings in heaven.
God set the example of servitude and taught us to serve one another. Among the Teachings of Mother, the thirteenth teaching is about serving, “God came to this earth to serve. When we serve one another without wanting to be served, God is pleased.” We ought to remember this teaching and practice it to receive abundant blessings and rewards in heaven.
- Food for Thought
- Why should we serve one another?
- What is the thirteenth teaching of the Teachings of Mother?