Scripture Reading: Matthew 20:27-28
One very clear understanding we get as we study the instructions of Christ to His disciples in the Gospels, is that, Jesus expects anyone who decides to be His follower to take the lowly position of a servant. And as He makes His expectations known, He uses Himself as an example. From the example of His own life on earth as a servant of God, Jesus left clear footprint for those who would care to follow Him. He lived His life on earth for the Father, and He summarized His life on earth with these words; “…I have come down … to do not my own will but the will of Him who sent me.” All He did, He did not for Himself, but for the Father. According to Rev. Fr. Charles M. Mangan, “The uniqueness of Jesus’ service to the Father was not just that He served perfectly, but that He served selflessly.” This also is what we are called to do as followers in the Master’s footstep. How then do we selflessly serve the Lord?
As Roy Hession would say, “Our servanthood to the Lord Jesus is to express itself in our servanthood to men.” This means that the Lord judges our submission to Him by how much we submit in our relationship with men. An unwillingness to selflessly serve others shows clearly our unwillingness to selflessly serve the Lord. This is why all of us in the DSD family are expected to fully and seriously embrace the DSD national prayer network and the DSD charity group activities. Through these outlets you serve the people especially those who cannot help themselves.
Beloved, it is essential to note that for us to be truly selfless in our service to men, we must have the same understanding that our Master had. In John13:3, the scripture noted that “Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He was come from God, and went to God… He laid aside His garments… and girded Himself…and began to wash the feet of His disciples.” We have to understand our place in the program of God and our inheritance in Christ to be able to serve men. We must, like our Savior, know to whom we belong and to whom our service brings glory. This will enable us to lay aside our garments; forget our positions and status, put aside our many achievements, degrees, age and experience, and then, gird ourselves and wash others feet, serve them and minister to them.
Beloved, selfless service, however, is not always easy. We become tired. We may feel as though we are unprepared to meet the demands on our status, emotions, strength, finance, time, etc. We may be inclined to become agitated at those who don’t cooperate or who even oppose our endeavors. We may even become resentful towards those who don’t seem to appreciate our efforts or to those who, by our consideration, take us for granted.
Beloved, when tempted with discouragement, remember the Master. His loving service excluded all brooding, self-pity, hopelessness and anger. His generous service never abated in the midst of challenges. He didn’t let consideration of who He was deter Him from serving, He laid aside His majesty. Even the scorn of men didn’t keep Him from achieving all that His Father wanted. . Beloved, our Master lived as a servant, how do you live?
MASS: WHITE Gen 3: 1-8; Ps 32: 1-2. 5. 6. 7; Mk 7: 31-37 SCHOLASTICA, V, R M
- Holy Spirit, without You I cannot do this. Come, renew me create in me a new and loyal heart and give me the heart of a servant, in the name of Jesus.
- Pray for the Church and her ministers that they may embrace and accept that they are servants and not masters or Chief executive officers.
- Pray the prayer of “Self Surrender to God”.
Exercise: Pray to be part of the International Retreat for all Distributors, Partners and Users of Daily Strength Devotional on Thursday 27th to Friday 29th April 2017 holding at the Jubilee Retreat and Conference Centre, Effurun, Warri, Delta State.
Meditation: Phil. 2:5