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Something to read

...whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant...

- Matthew 20:26.

Something to think about

To be Christ-like is to serve others. Service can be an individual act of kindness or selflessness. Even small acts in the service of others can make a tremendous difference. Can you think of a time that someone's willingness to help had an impact on you?

Of course service is not only an individual act. The Christian commitment to serving others has the power to change structures and systems. In this passage in Matthew, Jesus makes clear to James and John that in his kingdom the usual hierarchies will be upended, familiar patterns turned on their head. This presses us to ask questions about the structures of status and power that surround us today. What would our world look like if the service of others was at heart of our policies, economies and institutions?

Something to do

Reflect on the structures that shape your life - this could be your church, your family, where you work or study, the country you live in and its leaders. What opportunities for service are available to you in these spaces? Think about what in these structures and communities needs to be re-imagined to allow people to better serve one another.

You can find out more about how to serve others through volunteering with Christian Aid by following the link below.

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Something to pray

Jesus, you came not as powerful ruler but as a servant. You placed yourself amongst those at the margins. Help us to live out your call to service. Help us especially to serve the poor and those excluded from power. Help us to work together for change that we may better serve one another. Amen.

Today's contributor is Dr Frances Clemson, Christian Aid's Faith Communications and Just Scripture Specialist.