Love Has To Serve

  Jesus taught, that the greatest of all is the servant of all.  Now, that is contrary to our way of thinking. Our worldly standard links greatness with authority, to command and tell others what to do.  We test greatness by the number of those who serve us. We honor those who have accumulated great wealth.  Our hats are off to the go-getter, the achiever. We aim to look out for number one – self.  We seek to be served rather than to serve.

  Yet, according to God, service is the way of greatness.  Jesus came to teach and to show us that service is the way of greatness.  He came not to be ministered unto but to minister, not to be served but to serve.
“whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.:  Matthew 20: 26-28  

  Jesus not only taught but practiced being a servant. Such actions were seen in the upper room in the city of Jerusalem the Thursday before His crucifixion.  Jesus took a towel, putting it around His waist. He filled a basin with water and commenced to wash the feet of the disciples.  What a scene of humility and service. It blows my mind that God in Jesus would put on an apron and wash dirty feet.  John 13: 4 -17
No wonder Peter protested by telling Jesus not to wash his feet.  That is no task for the unique Son of God.
Yet, God in flesh came to earth to serve mankind.  Jesus said, “Do as I have done.”  Out of humility, we must serve.  We need to join the order of the ‘girded towel.’ 

  Again, I am amazed when I see God in Jesus building a fire on the beach, frying fish and inviting the disciples to come and have breakfast.  Can you believe – God serving breakfast? 
There,  Jesus questioned Peter as to his love for Him. A love which was to be shown in tending His lambs and feeding His sheep.   John 21: 9 -17

  Love has to be translated into caring for others.  We sing, “Oh, how I love Jesus.”  Do we?  God will know it only when He sees us actively engaged in His work.  His mission of love and mercy must be our mission. To love the Lord is to serve Him and to serve Him is to serve others.The Christians have the God-given task of binding up the wounded, helping up the fallen, comforting those who sorrow, feeding the hungry, befriending the lonely, and giving spiritual guidance to the confused.  This is all accomplished by exalting Jesus through word and deed.  We must teach and exemplify Christ.  We must be influential for Him.

  I learned this saying: “My walk talks and my talk walks but my walk talks further than my talk walks.”

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