He came to serve
Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
- from Mark 10:43-45
Jesus came to serve, not to be served. This is why we value and treasure service.
When we become servants – whether it’s in our homes or workplaces or neighborhoods or families or church – we draw close to Jesus. He wasn’t too dignified, too qualified, too reified to serve. He got his hands dirty. And he invites us to join him.
Service was not an ancillary facet of Jesus’ work. As he approached humanity to bring salvation, he approached as a servant coming to other servants, a slave helping slaves, because that’s what we were. We each were enslaved to sin, death, and the powers of this world. We couldn’t escape on our own. We were chained to overwhelming patterns of brokenness that broke everything we touched. We needed liberation.
Jesus came to set us free. He came to break our bonds. And he did this by giving his life as our ransom. He paid the payment required to set us free from our slavery. When he gave his life, our chains could no longer hold us. They dissolved like snow. They faded like fog in the sunlight. They disappeared entirely.
Our participation in service gives us a deeper appreciation of the salvation that Jesus bought for us. That salvation works deeper into our souls as a result. And we’re transformed.
Thank Jesus today for his generous service to you. Try to think of all the ways he’s helped you in your life. Give him thanks and praise today.