In so many ways Jesus' teaching is so different from the world view. God knew we would need a different set of operating rules to make a difference in the world and impact people for Him. What sticks out for me in this passage is Jesus explaining how we need to show our faith through action, not words. Serving alongside Jesus is what we are called to do!
When eating at a restaurant, what are the characteristics of great service? Warm, friendly, attentive to what I need, always at the ready to fill my water, genuinely checking on my satisfaction and generous in solving any problems I encounter with my meal. Even petitioning to management if there is something wrong.
Do I translate this type of great service as I walk out my life as Jesus' hands and feet on earth? How do I serve others? Do I petition God on behalf of the people I am serving? Do I serve people differently based on my own personal biases or worldly view point? Am I genuine in my service?
God, help me to serve with Your full joy. As this verse says, you are among us as one who serves, help me to partner with you in serving with a full and happy heart regardless of the situation. Amen.