Not To Be Served, But To Serve This Advent
Jesus did not come to be served but to serve. The Prince of Peace, King of The Jews did not come to be waited on and have subjects do things for him while he sat around being the face of the kingdom living a lavish lifestyle. He came to rescue us. He came to save us.
He came and took on flesh to serve us and save us from the punishment we all deserve. He redeemed us as his own children. Through his death and resurrection, we have a way to freedom. A way to live in forgiveness and abundance of grace and truth. It is truly magnificent and mind boggling, especially when all I want for myself is everything he did not model with his life.
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. Mark 10:45
We have a beautiful opportunity to serve others. We can’t save anyone, but we can love them well and share the amazing story of what Jesus has done in our lives. We are the messengers, saved by the grace of the blood to serve and not be served.
I struggle with this. I want to be served and cared for by others. I want to feel the warmth of being known and supported in this life. I think we all do and I keep going back to this truth. Being served is never something we are owed or even deserve. Being cared for and loved is a gift that Jesus has freely given to us. We can freely give it to the world because of what Jesus did for us.
But, in my desire to be loved and supported by other humans, I forget that I am continually around the clock being loved and cared for by The King of Kings himself. Jesus never leaves me and has my back just as much as he is before me guiding my path. Talk about service. Beyond saving me, he serves me daily in giving me love and grace.
The best present of all is not to receive, but to give of yourself and live in the reassurance that—no matter what you do or do not have—you are forever being cared for and supported by the one and only Prince of Peace who took on flesh and lived among us to serve and not be served.
This is Christmas. To give more than you receive and live in the light that the greatest present ever given to us is in the One who saved us all. The banner over him is love.