There is always something to disagree on. I don’t need to list it out for you. I am positive several things came to mind. I’ll admit the differences have led me to start losing faith in humanity. Cynicism, judgment, frustration, and even anger began to fight for my heart. If I am honest they almost pulled off one of the most successful distractions of all time. I was dangerously close to the point of no return. How close are you?
I was reminded the other day with the help of several women that It’s not about our differences. It’s about Jesus. Let me clarify, it’s not about using the Bible and Jesus to win our points of view. No. It’s about looking to Jesus as a servant and His example for us. He loved till it hurt. He loved abundantly! He was very clear in the New Testament how to live out servanthood. He washed feet as a King, He listened first then spoke even to those undeserving, He was patient, and submissive even until death. Jesus knew what His purpose was. He was a sacrifice for us and our sins. Yet, He still taught up till His last moments how important it was to love others as ourselves.
I am done focusing on how we differ. Have your thoughts, impose them on me, try and prove them to me, but I am not going to live in that space anymore. I have wasted enough time. We are called to love abundantly. Matthew Chapter 20:20-28 James and John came to ask to be at Jesus’ left and right side in His kingdom. Jesus sounds so patient here. He has His eyes fixed on the cross while His disciples are making up imaginary worlds in their heads of grandeur. He explains the terms of the position they wish to achieve and then explains it is not His to give. Then he addresses the group because they were all in the same mindset, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet, it shall not be so with you; whoever desires to become great among you let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave- Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life a ransom for many.”
We are called to serve; serve in love. Service isn’t just helping the church on church days. Service is every day, all the time. It is a posture of the heart. It is a, how can I help you attitude. Servanthood has been distracted. I challenge you to ask God to show you what His idea of Servanthood is and what that looks like in your life? Have you been distracted?
When was the last time…
You went the extra mile, when you didn’t have to?
When some asked you for something, you offered them more?
You saw and met someone where they are at?
you gave and didn’t expect a thank you in return?
Dear Lord, Help me be a better servant. Help me be the kind of servant Jesus taught about. Lord please keep me from distractions. Amen