Servant (Matthew 12:18) Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. Read and Discuss. This passage calls Jesus a servant. What is a servant? Where are there actual examples of Jesus being a servant? How can we be a servant?
SCIENCE/MATH: There is a scientifically/mathematically correct way to measure work.11 Older students may to solve algebraic equations using these formulas. Younger students can discuss such concepts as “horsepower” and “work load.”
LANGUAGE ARTS/JOURNAL ACTIVITY: Write a family story about a servant. One child writes the first paragraph, then the second child writes and so on until the whole story is finished. Type it, illustrate it, put it in your journal.
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY: Discuss the different between a servant and a slave. Find various examples of these through out history. Compare the human idea of being a servant to the definition of servant exemplified by Jesus.
COOKING RECIPE: Rather than a specific recipe, you can have the student(s) serve a meal or snack to someone else. If you have more than one student participating in this unit, I suggest having them serve one another. Afterward you may wish to have them discuss the pros and cons of being a servant and how serving made them feel.
CRAFT: Have the student(s) make “coupons” that can be redeemed by the receiver. The coupons should be for things that are above and beyond normal and expected chores but within the student’s capabilities.
SERVICE PROJECT IDEA: Participate in helping a food kitchen (may also be called a soup kitchen). If the student is too young for this, have them help cleaning up after a church function or some type of community function. Also, see if there is someone in your neighborhood, church, or family who is in need of assistance with housework, yard work, etc. This help is to be given without financial compensation. This activity should reinforce the idea of having the “heart of a servant.”
SAMPLE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank You for being so helpful and giving. Help me to grow a true servant’s heart for Your ministry and not complain about or question the direction You have for me. Amen.
ALTERNATIVE BIBLE VERSE CITATIONS: Look for verses showing Jesus exemplifying a true servant’s heart (i.e., foot-washing lesson, serving the Passover meal, etc.).