”Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 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.” Mark 10:43-45
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Phil 2:3-4
Dear Lord Jesus, why would I—someone who can’t fix broken cars, toilets, or toys assume that I’m either called, or able, to “fix” people? Forgive me of my arrogance, and free me to love and serve others, as you love and serve me.
The Christmas season tends to pique my longings for the perfect everything, and then quickly remind me that, until the Day you return, Jesus, no person or place, marriage or meal, church or club, vacation or vocation, gift or “gig” is really going to be enough, to fill the void in our hearts reserved for you. And that’s exactly as it should be. I believe; help my unbelief.
Jesus, you came into our world at Christmas to serve, not to be served—to give your perfect life to redeem imperfect rebels, just like me. I was so needy it took your death to save me; but you are so loving you gave your life gladly. May your amazing grace continue to melt, gentle and transform my selfish, and too often, critical heart.
Keep me more aware of what I do have in you than what I long for in others. Let me see people through your eyes of mercy, rather than through the forest of logs in my eyes. You haven’t made me the boss, judge and jury of anyone.
“Bruised weeds and smoldering wicks” (Matt. 12:20) love your appearing, Jesus, for they know you to be gentle and humble of heart—One who gives rest to the weary (Matt. 11:28-30).
The broken find you beautiful; the sinful find you grace-full; outcasts find you a refuge; adulterers find you a restorer; lepers finds you a healer; the bound find you a liberator; failures find you as their righteousness; the demonized find you to be the harmonizer of their troubled souls…
Oh, Lord Jesus, you are all this and so much more. Meeting with you today has arrested my heart, once again. Love in me and through me to your glory. So very Amen I pray, in your great and gracious name.