The Healthy Disciple Exhibits Christlike Servanthood

Steve Macchia

READ : John 13:1-17

I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (v. 15 NIV)

Trait Six: The healthy disciple practices God-honoring servanthood in every relational context of life and ministry.

Many Christians today serve others in order to be seen and acknowledged. Are you looking for some well-deserved applause for your most recent act of kindness? Think you should have received a thank-you note for visiting that shut-in? Waiting to hear your name from the pulpit as the key individual who made your church ministry a reality?

Guess what? Give it up! It’s best if you wait no longer. If your motivation for serving others is to be recognized for your generosity, then any ounce of sacrifice related to your service is gone.

When Jesus embodied the “full extent of his love” for his disciples, it was behind closed doors where no one else could see. And his act of kindness was demonstrated in the holding and washing of his disciples’ feet, the lowliest of servant-worthy jobs.

Serving like Jesus means that we are willing to help others for their sake, and not our own. His example is not glamorous, but gracious and generous and godly. In your prayers today, invite Jesus to give you a loving heart to serve others in a hidden, anonymous, and sacrificial way.


Dear Jesus, help me to bring joy to your heart by serving others.