From Pastor Gary…
The Son of Man came not to be served bit to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
This week we have considered the names that describe the person and work of Jesus. He is the Christ, the long- awaited Messiah. He is our mediator who reconciles us to our Father in heaven. He is our ransom freeing us from the slavery of sin. Jesus is Immanuel – God with us. Even His name Jesus states that He is our Salvation. So great is his name that “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name”. We could discover many other names and titles in Scripture that describe Jesus’ awesome nature and mighty work.
In today’s verse He chooses to reveal Himself as a servant. Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of the world, came to serve. He demonstrated his servant’s heart when he washed the disciple’s feet, a menial task reserved for the lowest of servants. He demonstrated His servant’s heart when He went to the cross. We are the beneficiaries of Christ’s service. By his death and resurrection, we are united with the God who created us, loves us, and desires a relationship with us. He restored to us that which was lost in the Garden of Eden.
Jesus humbled Himself and came to serve. Oh, that we would have a true servant’s heart with a desire to seek and serve the will of our Heavenly Father. Just think if we served God by serving our fellow man so they could see the Love of Christ in our lives. It was Jesus servant’s heart that changed eternity for us. It was a servant’s heart in ordinary people that God used to spread the Gospel. What could God do through each of us if we had the heart of a servant?
Father in Heaven, please give us a servant’s heart. Create in us the desire and strength to be obedient to your will. May others hear the message of the Gospel from our lips and see the power of the Gospel in our lives. Amen.
Verse for today:
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)