Read: “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” Matthew 20:28 (NIV)
“…I am among you as one who serves.” Luke 22:27 (NIV)
Reflect: Recently, while serving a friend, I noticed an unusual sensation. Have you noticed that when you serve someone, you feel the pleasure of Christ? Maybe it’s because Christ is expressing himself through us. This makes sense because Christ is the universal consciousness that infinitely fills the universe. Christ is the origin of all things, and the creations he forms manifest his nature. Christ especially expresses himself in the creation of humans, whom he forms in his image to convey his glory. The human nervous system is uniquely created to experience through senses, images, feelings, and thoughts, the glory of creation, and to express and display the glory of God, like flowers in full bloom. This is the endgame of salvation.
We are uniquely designed to express the divine nature, and one of the divine qualities of Christ is the humble heart of a servant. It is the divine nature of Christ to be aware of and attend to the needs of his creation–most especially people. “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.” Service is a manifestation of Christ: “I am among you as one who serves.” Just like “the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork”, humans also declare (make visible, or manifest) the glory (goodness and beauty) of God, and the service of loving-kindness makes visible the goodness of God.
So, this past weekend, when hundreds of Christ-followers were serving their communities by painting, repairing, cleaning and raking, we could say that one of the wonderful qualities of Christ, who originates, fills and operates the Cosmos, was being expressed in a rake.
React: Continue to use your freedom to serve each other.
Pray: Lord, help us to serve one another daily.