“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 20:28
Jesus is the Master. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Name above all names and deserving of all praise. He is the Word made flesh, the Alpha and Omega. He is the I AM. Although deserving the place of a King, he took the role of the servant.
Jesus came to serve and to minister, to sacrifice himself for the sins of all people, but most of all, to set an example. “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” John 13:15.
Next week, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and Ordinance of Humility, commonly known as foot washing. The Lord’s Supper, with the emblems of Jesus’ body (bread) and his blood (wine), reminds us of how Jesus loves us. However, the Ordinance of Humility is a reminder of how we should love each other.
What would happen in the church if Christ’s attitude reflected in Matthew 20:28 swept through the Adventist Church? What if everyone said, “I did not come to church to be served, but to serve.” Often times when we go to church with the goal of “getting”, we can walk away feeling empty. When we go to church with the goal of “giving”, the Spirit has a way of filling us with joy.
It all starts humbly, down on our knees. This week, spend time in prayer and ask the Lord how you can be of service for his Kingdom. Ask for the strength to say “I did not come to be served, but to serve.”