For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
If anyone had the right to be served — to demand or expect to be served — it was Jesus. But He values serving so much that He left His glory and humbled Himself that He might serve and give His life for others.
In contrast, I often am more eager to be served than to serve. But Jesus’s purpose was to serve. He didn’t do it reluctantly or because no one else was doing it and it needed to get done; He did it joyfully and intentionally. It was His mission. It was one of His love languages.
Serving is tied to giving your life for others. If a man has no greater love than to give his life for his friends, and according to Mark 10:45, serving is tied to giving your life, then great love for someone is evident by (or even developed through?) serving them.
One of the points of discipling is to travail to the point of death on behalf of those you’re discipling. That was Jesus’ model, and if we’re going to follow in His steps, it’s gotta be our model, too. This verse gives us a strategy in how to do that — serve those you’re discipling.