Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Loving service

Matthew 20:25-28
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

I’ve always been conflicted by these words Jesus
I want to serve
I really do
But, too often, I compare myself with others
And I notice that service
is often viewed as weakness
And I have colleagues 
who ask me to do things to which
they would never stoop
because of their standing
or because of their gender.
And so the service
I might freely have given
becomes more of a trial 
as I try to put aside resentment
and just do it anyway.
It’s not so much the service that is difficult
It’s being distracted 
Distracted by the opinions 
and the attitudes
and the reception
of others.
Lord, help me to see you 
in every opportunity to serve
Help me to discern your purpose
and your calling
And then, help me simply 
to do your bidding - 
not because the attitude of others
doesn’t matter
It does.
But help me to do your will
because consenting to 
what you ask of me
is the only way
to be
who you created me to be
the only way to know
Life in all its fullness
serving you
serving others.

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