Global Christian Forum

How Do We Serve Our Neighbours?

By: Jean-Daniel Plüess

As we read in the Bible about the life of Jesus Christ we realize that his life was a life of service. He came to serve and to redeem. We find numerous stories in the gospels that illustrate this. In Philippians 2:5-8 we find the essence of Jesus’ servant attitude. There we read “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.”

You who are reading these lines probably belong to a particular Christian tradition, you may be a member of a particular church. However, regardless which branch of Christianity we are part of, we have our fundamental identity in Jesus Christ. In Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit we stand before the living God. That is what matters.

As Christians we are invited to receive strength by the grace of God to serve one another in the same way Christ did. We are called to serve our neighbour, no matter what kind of Christian he or she is, or even if they are not Christians at all. Jesus emptied himself of divine privileges and became a servant in human form for all. “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.”