If you know even a little bit about me, you know I have a big family with a great amount of kiddos 🙂 I love all 5 of them so much. If you have kids or spend any time around kids, you probably see kids movies, see kids toys and hear kids songs (baby shark do… sorry, not sorry).
I have a playlist on my Spotify account for such occasions: a mix of kids’ worship songs, VeggieTales silly songs, and other kids music (Disney, baby shark, etc…) It’s easy to just want to tune it out and think its for the kids. I enjoy looking at the big picture and think ‘what can I learn from this?’ in any given situation.
One of the songs on the kids’ playlist is “Be Our Guest” from the classic Disney animated movie “Beauty and the Beast”. I’ve heard the song many, many times and it is a fun song, but I never put much thought into it beyond the basic gist of inviting people to be their guests, which, in itself, is good.
However, one line stuck out to me in a way it never had before:
Songwriters: Howard Elliott Ashman / Alan Menken
Life is so unnerving
For a servant who’s not serving
He’s not whole without a soul to wait upon
Ah, those good old days when we were useful
Suddenly those good old days are gone
Ten years we’ve been rusting
Needing so much more than dusting
Needing exercise, a chance to use our skills
Most days we just lay around the castle
Flabby, fat and lazy
You walked in and oops-a-daisy!
It’s a guest
It’s a guest
Be Our Guest lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company
The main line that stood out to me was “life is so unnerving for aservant who’s not serving. He’s not whole without a soul to wait upon.” It then refers to all of the dishes, candles, etc… rusting for 10 years and needing a chance to use their skills. What is their “skill”?… Serving. They exist to serve.
Now, yes, this is a song about a bunch of dishes that sing and dance… Realistic? Not so much, but nonetheless, it stirred up a thought in my mind about what we are called to do as Christ followers: Serve, just like Jesus Himself modeled for us to do.
Jesus laid His life down for others, not considering His own self first but looking around to what He could do to serve others. Paul calls those who follow Christ to employ this same act of service in their own lives:
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
So. I’ll leave you with this one thought/question that I hope you will honestly consider and reflect upon: What are you doing to serve others? This isn’t meant to be a downer or anything to be negative, but to just take an honest assessment of where you are and where you can improve. How can you serve others for the glory of Jesus? Don’t get rusty and dusty, go serve, you were made to do it!