Scripture quotations unless otherwise noted are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, © 1996 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
It's good to serve others and be willing not to take the first place.
To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.
John Paul II
Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.
Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must become your slave. For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.
The greatest among you must be a servant.
Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.
When the ten other disciples discovered what James and John has asked, they were indignant. So Jesus called them together and said, "You know that in this world kings are tyrants, and officials lord it over the people beneath them. But among you it should be quite different. Whoever want to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the slave of all. For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a random for many."
But among you, those who are the greatest should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Normally the master sits at the table and is served by his servants. But not here! For I am your servant.
All those who want to be my disciples must come and follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And if they follow me, the Father will honor them.
Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors.
Why, we're only servants. Through us God caused you to believe. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us.
1 Corinthians 3:5
So look at Apollos and me as mere servants of Christ who have been put in charge of explaining God's secrets.
1 Corinthians 4:1
But God has chosen me and given me this sacred trust, and I have no choice. What then is my pay? It is the satisfaction I get from preaching the Good News without expense to anyone, never demanding my rights as a preacher. This means I am not bound to obey people just because they pay me, yet I have become a servant of everyone so that I can bring them to Christ.
1 Corinthians 9:17-19
For you have been called to live in freedom - not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.
Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal's death on a cross.