Mark 10:45

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What Jesus Said

"For even 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
I had been training for January 2011 for years. It was the start of my final collegiate track season. After putting in years of lifting, speed work, and practice, it was time to put it all on the line. I had my eyes set on 2 things - clearing 7 feet in the high jump, and becoming the D3 National Champion. Yet one cold snowy day in Minnesota changed those plans. I sprained my ankle and never quite fully recovered. My senior year of college was supposed to be my best year, but it was the first time in 10 years I failed to get better in the high jump. I was not only injured physically, but I was also mentally discouraged. Yet it was in this season God taught me a lot about serving people.
My college roommate Matt was and is among the most servant-hearted people I have ever met. He took me all over our icy campus in Minneapolis as I hobbled on crutches. He served me meals, cleaned up after me and helped me rehab my injured ankle. As I think back at that time, Matt was such an easy roommate to serve. Even when I didn’t feel like it, I wanted love on Matt any way that I could because he cared for me so well.
In the same way Matt cared and served me, so much more has Christ cared for and served us. The Son of Man didn’t come to be served, even though he rightfully deserved to be served while here on this earth. Jesus’ life was all about serving others, so much so that he gave his life for us.
Some of us are naturally great at this, but if you're like me, it’s not my natural bend to want to serve people if I am honest. I don’t naturally do it in my marriage, friendships, and other relationships around me. Yet when I take a step back to see how the Author and Perfecter of our faith came to serve, I find myself much more motivated to do the same. I begin to take my mind off myself and serve other people.
As you are motivated by Jesus’ example of serving, who is one person you could intentionally serve this week?
Jay Quick | Student Ministries Director

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