A Servant – 2014.09.30

Whoever honors himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be honored.
Matthew 23:12

Imagine: A charlady arrives at the company early in the morning and the director is already waiting for her. He opens the door for her, helps her out of her coat, then fills her mop bucket and quickly wipes the hall. Then he takes her into his office, she sits down on his armchair and cooks her coffee. Then he gives her the double salary and thanks her. – Topsy-turvy world?
In heaven everything is upside down. … – Or is it wrong here with us at earth? How was it with Jesus? Our text as a whole:
But don’t make others call you Rabbi, because you have only one teacher, and you are all followers. And don’t call anyone on earth your father, because you have only one Father, and he is in heaven. Don’t make others call you a leader, because you have only one leader, the Messiah. The person who is greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever honors himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be honored.
Jesus could serve others with all His heart. He took the lepers in the arm. He spoke with the outcast and was a guest at the despised. He washed the disciples’ dusty feet. He humbled himself to death on the cross – for us, in our stead. He wished all the best for us people who had done so terrible things to Him and gave himself and his life for us. There were no religious rituals that were celebrated with great solemnity, but genuine, loving, merciful services of love. Jesus also wants to serve you where you need it. Only your pride and unbelief can prevent Him from it. Do you want that?
Thank you, Heavenly Father, that You only want good for me! You have sent Jesus, who is so humble, kind, merciful, loving, gentle and patient. He is my Lord, and I will follow Him. I want to become like He is. Please, take my pride, my jealousy, my impatience and ruthlessness! Rather fill me with Your mighty Spirit!

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