To Serve or Be Served

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
What is it that separates Christians from the rest of the world? What makes us stand out from the rest? What makes us different? Well, I can tell you what it isn’t. It isn’t the size of our churches or the architecture.  It isn’t the worship team or the talent of the musicians. It isn’t even the quality of the sermons or the fame of the pastor. While all of these things are good things to have: It is good to have a nice building, a talented worship team, and a quality pastor, these things are only good inasmuch as they bring glory and honor to the Lord. With out that as their purpose, they are baseless and worldly.
What separates Christians is our example. What separates us is the Lord Jesus. From His example comes our grace, mercy, peace, patience, and love.
For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
 Let that settle in, the difference in a Christian and the rest of the world is Jesus and what He did for us. Jesus, the king of the universe, went to the cross and died the death we deserved so that we who believe would live with Him in eternity and so we would know how to live while we are here on this mortal coil.
Jesus gave His life as a ransom for many; the ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate example of servant hood. Yet we who have accepted Him fall short and we are going to because He was perfect and we are broken.
We are made righteous through Him. A servants heart reflects the desire to proclaim the name of Jesus as great, as the beginning and the end of all things. John the baptist said it best:
He must increase, but I must decrease.
 To avoid being puffed up and distracted by self importance, we must see people as God sees them. In order to do that, Jesus must be the leader of our lives, choices, and interactions. if we attempt to lead a Godly life in our own strength (without God) we will fail and miss out on Gods purpose for our lives.
Truth be told, I started writing this post at the beginning of March and am finally finishing it. As a follower of Christ, I don’t believe in coincidences, so the fact that I am finishing a study on servant hood on resurrection weekend strikes me as just about right.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, could have taken Himself down from the cross at anytime and called down legions of angels to wipe out all those that were responsible for His suffering. in point of fact, that would have meant the destruction of the entire world because it was our sin that put Him there.  Jesus loves you so much that He bore the torturous death of Crucifixion and took upon Himself the sin of the whole world; past, present, and future.  You who believe in Jesus,as well as you that do not, have been bought with a price. All that need be done is to accept the gift. Jesus forgave us from the cross.
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
 Let’s remember that as we serve in our churches this weekend. To God be the glory!
Grace & Peace,
LD
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