The chance to serve

“Keep your family, O Lord, schooled always in good works, and so comfort them with your protection here as to lead them graciously to gifts on high. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”

In Matthew 20, we see the disciples arguing with one another. Someone’s mom had approached Jesus and asked Him to show special favor to her boys. This caused a short bout of dissension among the 12 and Jesus quickly put an end to it. He told them what it would take to become great in His new Kingdom.

Become a servant, and you will become great. That seems so strange to us in 2013, and it seemed just as strange when Jesus said it. We think of great men as better than us, demanding attention, or requiring us to serve them. Instead, Jesus shows a better way. To be great, we have to learn to put aside our desire for greatness. Jesus has already stamped “Excellent” on our foreheads and God already sees us that way, now if we are to live a life worthy of that stamp we have to model ourselves after Jesus, who humbled Himself and served us.

Lent is our reminder of our need for a savior. The liturgy on Ash Wednesday reminds us that we came from ash and will return to ash. No matter what you have done, you’re ash. No matter how much money you make, you’re ash. We remember the price Jesus paid for this ash, and how much He loves us. We now get the chance to serve alongside the God the universe.

Prayer points  //  Pray for God’s version of greatness to be apparent to you today. Pray for opportunities to serve.

Scripture Mediation  //  Matthew 20:20-28; 20:16; John 13:1-17