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Jesus Came to Serve

January 23, 2020

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 (NIV)

To be served is to have other people do things for you. Jesus did not come into the world so that you could do things for Him. He came into the world to minister to you.

Read through the Gospels and you will see that Jesus lived to serve.

Jesus looks up to the face of the Father and says, “My food… is to do the will of him who sent me” (John 4:34). Christ lives to do the will of the Father because He is not bent in on Himself. He ministers, serves, and reaches out in a world of human need.

Follow Jesus’ story in the Gospels and see how He poured himself out day by day. He gave Himself to the disciples and to the crowds. When confronted with human need, He did not walk away. He comforted those overwhelmed with sorrow. He ministered to children, imparting His blessing into their lives. On the cross, He provided for the care of his mother. Wherever Jesus went, He proclaimed the good news, bringing hope, speaking the word of life.

Jesus did not come into the world for Himself, but for us. He said, “I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27). His life was not for Himself, but for us. His death was not for Himself, but for us. His resurrection was not for Himself, but for us. His ascension was not for Himself, but for us. And His second coming will not be for Himself, but for us.

If more and more it could be said of you that you “lived to serve God and others,” how do you think it would affect your confidence/assurance?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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