17th February 2012

Dedicated to Service

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve”
Mark 10:45 (NIV UK)
 

Leading figures often make statements that remind me of the words of Christ. To mark the celebration of the beginning of her sixtieth year as queen, Elizabeth II announced, “I dedicate myself anew to your service.” 

It brought to mind what Jesus told his disciples in Luke 22:27. He said, “I am among you as one who serves.” The setting was the last supper. He had just introduced those around him to the bread and wine of the New Covenant. He had talked of when they would all be together in the kingdom of God. Sadly, though, an argument broke out among his disciples as to which of them would be the greatest in that kingdom. 

Jesus’ response was to point out something they knew well. Many kings are more concerned about exercising their power than they are about serving their people. Those living in Judea had first-hand experience of that. Jesus, however, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, was altogether different. Instead of lording it over them, he had demonstrated a life of service in all that he did. In this he set an example to his followers that they should do as he had done. In other words, wherever we are and whatever we do, Christians should be among other people as the ones who serve. 

I am sure I speak for all of us in wishing Queen Elizabeth II joyous Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Her good reputation for service to her people goes before her. 

Jesus, who served his disciples all those years ago, is among us still as one who serves. He listens to us and intervenes for us. He guides us and gives us hope for a better world. Each day we wake up anew to his loving and compassionate service. 

Do those around you wake up each day to your loving and compassionate service? 

Prayer
Father, thank you that Jesus is among us still as one who serves. Help us all to follow his example of dedicated service to others,
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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