If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet,
you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.
Jesus was a servant, but He did so much more than wash the disciples feet. He served other people by giving of His time, feeding them, healing them, teaching them. He served around the clock. When you read the Gospels, you will see Him serving in the morning, during the day, at night, even through the night. He served many different kinds of people – His ethnic group, people who were labeled as enemies, rich people, poor ones. He served healthy people, sick ones, even people who were almost disgusting.
He also made sure that He served His Father, God Himself. The most important way that He demonstrated servanthood was by obeying His Father. He made sure that He kept their relationship close by spending hours in prayer, communicating with Him. He said, “so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me.” (John 14:31). He was totally focused on serving His Father.
We should serve God in the same, single-focused way.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God,
to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice,
acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
And do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12 continues with ways that we can serve God and others.
Let love be without hypocrisy.
Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love;
give preference to one another in honor;
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,
contributing to the needs of the saints,
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Be of the same mind toward one another;
do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly.
Do not be wise in your own estimation.
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.
Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Never take your own revenge, beloved,
but leave room for the wrath of God,
for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
“But if your enemy is hungry, feed him,
and if he is thirsty, give him a drink;
for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Whatever you do, do your work heartily,
as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord
you will receive the reward of the inheritance.
It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.