What if Jesus came to be served? What if Christ didn’t die on the cross? And what if He didn’t rise from the dead? How would that change our lifestyle? Would we have to earn our salvation?
Fortunately, Jesus came living a life of service all the way to the cross and beyond. As Jesus came not to be served but to serve, so then we too might serve. The writer of Hebrews tells us that we are called “… to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14). How is this done?
We serve God by serving others: Human Care! When we, in Jesus’ name, clothe people in need, visit the sick or homebound, or share food and drink with the hungry, we are serving Christ. You can find such people just about everywhere—in our family or congregation, at our job, in our neighborhood, or where we shop.
Just as Jesus came to serve, by the Holy Spirit working in us through Word and Sacrament, we are transformed into the image of Christ and enabled to be and do all that God has in mind for us. We are transformed from selfish individuals into stewards who respond to God’s grace. We are no longer takers but givers.
Undeserving as we are, God uses us as His hands, feet, and mouth. Lest you hesitate and say, “What if…?” I would encourage you to remember the words of this hymn, “Hark, the Voice of Jesus Crying.” It says in part:
If you cannot speak like angels, If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus, You can say He died for all….
With your prayers and with your bounties You can do what God commands;
You can be like faithful Aaron, Holding up the prophet’s hands.
Dear Christian friend, my prayer for you comes from Hebrews 13: 20-21, “Now may the God of peace … equip you with everything good that you may do His Will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”