MAY 28, 2012
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35, NIV)
If I asked you to take a minute and think through the people that have served you in your lifetime, who comes to mind?
Who are the top three people who have served you?
In my own prayerful thinking, the Holy Spirit led me to some people who have served me in my 37 years of life.
People who came to mind included Robbie Rice. Robbie worked in full-time ministry, and one of the first times that I
shared my testimony at a College Golf Fellowship retreat while I was at NC State, Robbie was in the front row smiling and nodding as I nervously and tepidly spoke about what God had done in my life.
Robbie did not say a word, but encouraged me tremendously!
The next person who came to mind was Merrit Lawn. Merrit discipled me through the ministry of Athletes in Action. He
served me through weekly small group meetings and individual mentoring. That brother was in my wedding!
Next, I thought of Javier Sanchez, a lifetime touring pro playing the senior circuit now. Javier and I were playing in
a Nationwide Tour event in South Carolina, and there were two Hispanic men working on the grounds in the hot, humid sun. Javier grabbed two ice cold Powerade bottles from the “Players & Caddies
Only” cooler and walked over to the workers…serving them some refreshment and being met with big smiles.
Next, my instructor while I played professionally, Kelly Phillips, came to mind. Kelly poured his heart and soul into
my golf game and did not charge a penny. He also would seek out the grounds crew of the club and have lunch with men who, in the world’s eyes, were below him.
When we think of those who have served us, thoughts have to lead to Mom. My mother has given her entire life to serving
not only me and my three brothers, but anyone she comes into contact with. God definitely blessed her with the spiritual gift of serving others.
Finally, I think of my wife, Helen. She served me by caddying on the mini-tours for three years. She still has a tight
right shoulder from all the fairways she walked, lugging my bag for me because she loved me.
Jesus’ words, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and servant of all,” came in
response to the apostles’ argument over who was the greatest. Throughout the gospels, serving others is seen as the highest priority for followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ whole life was lived
in service to God and others. Even during the Last Supper, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and encouraged them to go and do likewise.
In conclusion, as we think of others who have served us, we come to the question of, “How can I serve
others?” May it be said of us, at the end of our days, that we lived a life of serving God and others, just like Jesus did.
May 28, 2012
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