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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Servant Abandonment"

Date published: 04/13/2019

Matthew 20:28 “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

 

   The heart of this Scripture confounds every fiber of our society.  Can you imagine a society without cheating, self-promoting, rudeness, hurting others, lying and deception to maintain your image?  Instead we live in a society that puts one’s interests first and makes decisions without regard for others’ well-being.  Is this the way life really works best?

 

   Jesus lived a counter intuitive lifestyle that defied all the norms while His ministry grew exponentially.  Jesus had the small task of capturing the minds and hearts of the whole world in three-years!  What strategy did Jesus deploy?  Jesus did this not by building larger and larger crowds, but by downsizing His audience from 5,000 to 72 to 12 to 3.  Not by focusing on the rich, powerful, and influential but by making time for the untouchables, engaging children, and helping those in need.  Not by scheduling His day to maximize His exposure, but by breaking away for unique meetings, such as the woman at the well, or the demon possessed man at the seaside.  Jesus did not limit His teaching engagements to the largest venues, but often only to His closest disciples, individuals such as Nicodemus with questions, and inquiring minds seeking truth. 

 

   Jesus violated every principle in today’s world that normally leads to success and pursued what served people best.  Jesus was not about a movement, organization, or following a program, but about loving those He came into contact.  Jesus was a prisoner of love.  The needs of those Jesus encountered mattered more because He was imbued with love.  Jesus’ ability to serve easily flowed from a heart of love.  The King James version of Matthew 20:28 uses minister for serving, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  People were not an interruption, an inconvenience, or a nuisance, but rather a ministry opportunity to serve and love.  Paul expressed this principle well as in Philippians 2:4 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

 

   It is easy to find ourselves in the wrong lane as we follow Christ.  All of life so easily lives for self while being oblivious to the opportunities to be the face of Jesus in this world.  Do not make life about taking, but about giving.  Do not allow big thinking to miss the narrow path that Jesus lived in.  Live a life that is ransomed to Christ, so it is easy to serve, minister, and love others.

 

Romans 15:2-3 “Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.  For even Christ did not please Himself but, as it is written: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on Me."

 

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