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November 9, 2016, 7:57 AM

Servant of All

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May the same spirit that lived and reigned in Christ, live in you. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had. That, I suppose, raises a good series of questions. What was the mind of Christ? What attitude did he maintain? And can we mirror such an attitude in our own lives?

In response, the Apostle Paul declares in Scripture, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:4-11, NLT).

Jesus has clearly shown us the way we are to live. We are called to lay down our lives. We are to give our lives away in service. Instead of lording over our neighbor, we are to be a servant of all (Mark 10:42-45). This is a constant theme throughout the Bible. Galatians 5:13 implores us, “serve one another humbly in love.” Again 1 Peter 4:10 declares, “Each one of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.” This leads me to ask: How are you serving your fellow brother and sister today?

Henri Nouwen writes: “The mystery of ministry is that the Lord is to be found where we minister. That is what Jesus tells us when he says: ‘Insofar as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me’ (Matt. 25:40). Our care for people thus becomes the way to meet the Lord. The more we give, help, support, guide, counsel, and visit, the more we receive, not just similar gifts, but the Lord himself… Living this truth in our daily life makes it possible to care for people without conditions, without hesitation, without suspicion, or without the need for immediate rewards. With this sacred knowledge, we can avoid becoming burned out.”

I invite you to pray the following with me: Heavenly Father, I ask you to enable me to gladly do the work to which you beckon me. May I do it as a servant of Christ doing the will of God from my heart. May you be glorified in the way that I serve and minister to those around me. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

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