Jesus very well could have come as the Jews had long since hoped and prayed for. He could have been a high King commanding the masses, overpowering and dethroning all the people of authority who eventually put Him on a cross. He could have. But He didn’t.
Instead, He chose to be born to a young unwed woman and her carpenter husband-to-be. He spent His childhood serving people alongside his earthly father, Joseph–making tables, chairs and cabinets. In adulthood, He did not stray from this ideal that He should work long and hard for others. In fact, it only grew as He washed His disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17), healed the sick from isolating diseases (Luke 17:11-19), and taught the lame to walk by their faith (John 5:1-15). He dedicated His entire ministry to love and service.
Why, then, do we as believers in Christ Jesus think we are called to do anything less? (Luke 6:40)
If Jesus–the Son of God who has always been and always will be, who is the Great I Am of old–would humble Himself to a position of servanthood if He would love people with such depth, who am I not to do the same?
Belief in Jesus comes hand-in-hand with a call to live a life of self-abandonment. It’s easy to get caught up in your schedule and plans, but the truth of the matter is that we were not created to make ourselves happy. We were created to love God and love others. We were created to live on our knees, arms open wide, ready to receive this hurting world and point them back to their Creator.
How will you serve this week? Who can you serve today?
Today in Prayer
- Pray for wisdom to see where you can serve your brothers and sisters
- Ask God’s Spirit to help you personally examine your true motives in serving others and to line them up with God’s mission.
- Pray for God to soften your heart towards those whom you struggle to love and serve