45 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.”
As we approach Resurrection Sunday, we are going to dive deeper into how God wants us to have authority over our purpose. Last Wednesday, we learned through 1 Samuel 13:14 that “The Lord sought out a man after his own heart,” meaning that God wants us to follow His example. God’s heart is filled with mercy, patience, and understanding and he seeks to us live a healthy and happy life filled with purpose. To continue off that message, Mark reminds us that service to others is a core principle of being a follower of Christ and is part of our larger purpose.
Furthermore, it states that even Jesus, the son of God, didn’t come to earth to be served, but rather to serve God’s people. Jesus is a great role model to follow because he was given a task and through service he was able to transform the church and his people. When Jesus ministered to marginalized communities, like taxpayers, prostitutes, or individuals of different faith beliefs, he showed us that ALL people need God’s love. One of our main purposes as Christians is to serve and demonstrate God’s love to everyone we come into contact with. In Galatians 5:13, it states, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (NIV). Through free will we have the choice to use our freedom to feed our flesh or the spirit and this scripture encourages us to serve one another humbly. To be humble means to have a lower estimate of one’s own importance and when serving others we are encouraged to place their needs above our own.
Consider the following:
Service is vital to the growth of the church and to building a more united world, but at times we can make up excuses such as lack of time, selfishness, or ignorance to deter us from being other-centered. If we are to continue God’s mission to spread the gospel and bring healing, then we must put aside our flesh and pour into building a stronger spirit.