Judges 2:10-3:31; Luke 22:14-34; Psalm 92:1-93:5; Proverbs 14:1-2
“But I am among you as
one who serves.”
The disciples were a bit power hungry. They had just eaten the richest of fare–the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ–given by His own hand in the Bread and Wine. And they started discussing who among them was the greatest.
Our sinful nature is like that–even though we possess the richest of heavenly fare–the very Salvation of our souls–we wouldn’t mind the spotlight to shine on us or our achievements.
Even though we are filled with the most powerful Spirit in the Universe who can do all things through us, we still want to claim a “higher” place in the world and puff out our chests in pride.
If anyone deserved the Royal treatment it was Jesus. Yet he was the foot washer, healer, forgiver, listener, server–He was the ultimate sacrifice. He did not seek the limelight, but found himself in it. So he served–he gave, he did not demand. No one could accuse Jesus of being power hungry.
After the Cross–and the Resurrection–the disciples finally understood Christ’s words, “I am among you as one who serves.”
Then they went and did likewise.
God grant that we do the same!
Lord God, please forgive us for our power hungry attitudes–as subtle as they may be . We know what’s in our hearts. Thank you that the power of the Cross–the forgiveness of sins–cleanses us from worldly leanings. Grant that we serve you and our neighbor with a smile–in Jesus’ name! Amen.