Luke and The Lost
Why do we feel satisfied and more content when we serve others expecting nothing back in return, doing it just for the joy of helping someone else on their journey? Because it is stamped into the DNA of our being. We are created to give back. Jesus gave the ultimate example of “one who came to serve, not be served” to all humanity when He moved into the neighborhood of earth for awhile.
We go against the grain of pure Life with Christ as His disciple when we posture ourselves to be above others with the attitude of expecting to be served. The very word disciple in the Greek means “one who learns”. I would add that as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we are ones who learn to serve. How will Jesus say at the end of our days, “Well done, servant”, if we do not serve with love and humility, justice and mercy, wrapped up in grace? Mm.
Jesus teaches the disciples, once more, about who they are (and who we are) in Him. They are scrambling thoughtlessly about who will be the greatest in His Kingdom without having a clue about what is about to happen in the next few hours. But we know. We have the whole story. Does this prompt us to serve well with the right attitude of gratitude?
Jesus also follows with warnings to “stay on your toes”, Satan wants you for his own and help each other through times of testing. Serving also means helping each other stay focused on Christ!
Luke 22, The Message
24-26 Within minutes they were bickering over who of them would end up the greatest. But Jesus intervened: “Kings like to throw their weight around and people in authority like to give themselves fancy titles. It’s not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant.
27-30 “Who would you rather be: the one who eats the dinner or the one who serves the dinner? You’d rather eat and be served, right? But I’ve taken my place among you as the one who serves. And you’ve stuck with me through thick and thin. Now I confer on you the royal authority my Father conferred on me so you can eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and be strengthened as you take up responsibilities among the congregations of God’s people.
31-32 “Simon, stay on your toes. Satan has tried his best to separate all of you from me, like chaff from wheat. Simon, I’ve prayed for you in particular that you not give in or give out. When you have come through the time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start.”
33 Peter said, “Master, I’m ready for anything with you. I’d go to jail for you. I’d die for you!”
34 Jesus said, “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, Peter, but before the rooster crows you will have three times denied that you know me.”
35 Then Jesus said, “When I sent you out and told you to travel light, to take only the bare necessities, did you get along all right?”
“Certainly,” they said, “we got along just fine.”
36-37 He said, “This is different. Get ready for trouble. Look to what you’ll need; there are difficult times ahead. Pawn your coat and get a sword. What was written in Scripture, ‘He was lumped in with the criminals,’ gets its final meaning in me. Everything written about me is now coming to a conclusion.”
38 They said, “Look, Master, two swords!”
But he said, “Enough of that; no more sword talk!”
What do we learn?
–Be more concerned with trying to serve well and less, much less about being served.
–Jesus came as “One who serves”.
–Be ready for Satan to interfere with schemes to draw you away from Christ to serve him. How do we serve the evil one? By being selfish and thinking only of self’s desires to be served.
–Another trick Satan uses is to get us to look good serving always expecting something in return. Avoid that attitude at all cost says, Jesus.
–Need more? Go to Philippians 2 and read Paul’s testimony about the supreme example of serving with humility.
1Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Read all of Philippians 2…there’s much more! (There always is… with God’s Word to us about Him.)
Dear Heavenly Father,
We think badly of those young men clamoring for position right before Jesus’ eyes and ears, but we are the same at times as we serve in Your Kingdom. We repent of those times and move on to greater service with humility. We are grateful when you invite us to join you in your work. Thank you, dear Lord. You are my everything. I adore You. I will serve you by serving others. Keep me focused.
In Jesus Name, Amen