Friday, March 2, 2018
Read Mark 10:42-45
“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
AMASSING TRUE WEALTH
One unique thing about Jesus was that he was so radically different from the ways of the world. Titans of commerce amass huge fortunes and immense power enabling them to manipulate people and the political system. World leaders puff up and show off military prowess and sacrifice 18 year old boys to prove a point. Leaders buy votes with favor to this group or that, and often religious leaders are all too willing to trade the sacred for a seat at the table of power.
Strangely, the Lord of lords did not come to Lord over us but to love and serve us. And what we call public service today, gaining wealth, power and influence by serving government for decades, is not remotely near Jesus point. He came to live among the hurting and broken, to amass nothing but souls, to suffer for us and to serve us unto His own gruesome death on a torturous cross.
Jesus, the Lord of lords, did not call down the hosts of heaven (armies at his disposal), but rather served us and gave his very life as a ransom for our souls.
John Chrysostrum (344-407AD), considered the most prominent doctor of the Greek Church and the greatest preacher ever heard in the Christian pulpit of the old world, said:
“Before he humbled himself only the angels knew him. After he humbled himself, all human nature know him … his humble [service to others] did not make him less, but produced countless benefits and made his glory shine forth with brightness. Why then are you afraid you will become less if you humble yourself and serve.”
We could say Jesus stooped low to pick up very little. He gave up heaven to ransom a broken human race. But he counted it joy to serve his broken creation and make us whole again.
Jesus is different for sure. Dare we be different too?!
Father, I let go of my desire for power and control. I let go of my desire for affection, esteem, approval and pleasure. I let go of my desire for survival and security. I open to the love, humility and servant heart of Jesus and his action within me. Amen.