“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). This is one of those verses that I’ve read many times, but it didn’t hit me until today how it says what it says. That first part of the verse is not a throwaway, brothers and sisters. It’s important. My spouse walks through the door at day’s end, and I ask how his day was. He says, “I ran into my old boss this morning, and we had lunch together, and I got a $5000 per month raise.” What?!! Whoa…how do you lead off with the boss thing, and then tag on the huge news? One phrase far outweighs the other; one phrase all but disappears in comparison. That’s usually how I’ve read this verse.
The context of the verse though is about serving. “…whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all” (Mark 10:43b-44) show us how to live, as well as to give His life for our sins. One phrase doesn’t outweigh the other. We all know how important the second phrase is…He gave His life in place of ours. He redeemed us. That is TREMENDOUS news, for which we are incredibly grateful!!! He also showed us how to live. We cannot ignore this!
We are to love God and love one another (Mark 12:30-31). How do we show that love for one another? By SERVING. “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Jesus carried out the ultimate service for us. Are YOU serving?
- Pray for God to show you opportunities to serve
- Pray for God to reveal to you any excuses you are using not to serve
“How can any professing Christian think it is okay to sit on the spiritual sidelines and watch others do the work of the Kingdom?” – Donald Whitney