A Life of Service
I’m amazed by the character of Jesus. While he lived among us, humans dismissed him, charged him with immorality, and accused him of being in cahoots with Satan. His own family wondered about his sanity. His disciples questioned his judgment. Yet the Son of God never seemed to lose patience with our brokenness. Instead he made clear, he came to be a servant.
In Matthew 20, Jesus explains that no one should seek greatness because even “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). Such was the motivation behind his ministry to the sick and hurting of his time. It was also the impetus for his willingness to lay down his life for the sins of the whole world.
Jesus’ desire to serve a broken and sometimes hostile people, who deserved to be crushed, came from his Father’s love for his creation. As John 3:16 so profoundly points out, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.”
The early Christians understood being a disciple of Jesus means that our character must become more like his. So like Jesus, service to others represented an important part of the Christian life. In Acts 6 we see the church offering daily help to the widows in their midst. In Galatians 2 the leaders of the Church urged Paul and Barnabas to remember the poor in their ministry to the Gentiles. In 2 Corinthians 8-9 we see Paul requesting the Church to give to a collection for the Jewish Christians who had fallen on hard times. From these early biblical examples Christians have learned that a life of service is not optional.
At Christ’s Church, as we learn to be more like Jesus, service must be an essential part of our community. That’s why we feed the homeless once a month at Central City Mission, and that’s why we will be partnering with the city of Yucaipa this Saturday to participate in Make a Difference Day. These are opportunities to serve others.
Hope you can join us at the Teen Center next to the 7th Street pool in Yucaipa at 8:00 a.m. this Saturday, October 26 where we will be painting, tearing out carpet, and doing general repairs. Bring clothes you can paint in.
Service is the way of Jesus, and it is the way of his people.