Moving from the Sidelines to the Frontlines: Lessons from Jesus on Service

This blog post serves as a reflection and summary of the sermon from last Sunday.  If you desire a more in-depth understanding, we invite you to listen to the full sermon recording (link above).

Sermon Reflection

Scripture: John 13:1-17
Big Idea: Embracing Jesus' example of serving others reveals the power of unconditional love and the transformative nature of humility.

Jesus: The Ultimate Servant

In our fast-paced world, where titles and tasks often define us, it's refreshing to find lessons that cut through the chaos and remind us of what truly matters. Taking cues from Pastor Deveraux Hubbard's insightful sermon, let's unpack the essence of moving from a passive observer to an active participant, especially in acts of service.
In John Chapter 13, we witness Jesus, a leader and a teacher, don the role of a servant. Washing the feet of his disciples wasn’t just about cleanliness; it symbolized humility, love, and service. As Pastor Hubbard elaborates, Jesus's act was about doing "the simple things that anybody can do" and embracing roles often overlooked or shunned.
This powerful act reiterates the importance of doing small deeds wholeheartedly. As the saying goes, "Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned."

Overcoming the 'Somebody Else's Job' Syndrome

How often do we overlook tasks thinking they’re someone else’s job? The truth is, service begins when we decide to step up, even if it's something someone else could or should have done. Pastor Hubbard challenges us: Instead of saying, “Somebody else can do it,” why not say, “So can I”?  This shift in mindset transforms our perspective on service. Suddenly, holding the door for someone, delivering meals, or merely lending a listening ear become acts of immense value.

The Role of Self-awareness in Service

Service isn’t just about helping others. It’s a transformative experience that shapes our character and broadens our horizons. Through service, we see the world through a lens of compassion, understanding, and love.  However, service often comes without appreciation or acknowledgment. But, as long as our ‘why’ is clear – our purpose for serving rooted in love and selflessness – the lack of external validation won’t deter us.

The Role of Self-awareness in Service

Jesus knew his identity, his origin, and his destination. This profound sense of self-awareness empowered him to serve without hesitation. In our lives, embracing who we are and recognizing our potential can be the catalyst for acts of service. When we’re grounded in our identity, external validations become less important, and we find the strength to serve, even if those we help don't immediately recognize our efforts.

Stepping into the Frontlines

We're encouraged to transition from being mere spectators to active contributors, whether it's in our community, workplaces, or homes. This call to action isn't just about grand gestures; it's about the small, consistent acts that make a difference.  In our journey of life, let’s be inspired by Jesus's example, stepping up, serving, and shining our light in the world.


It's time to move from the sidelines to the frontlines. Service is a beautiful journey of growth, humility, and love. Let's embrace it wholeheartedly.
This blog post is a reflection of the sermon and serves as a summary of the key points discussed. We invite you to listen to the full sermon for a more in-depth understanding of the topic.
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