Words From The Heart: Special Weekly Reflection #44
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (ESV)
Have you noticed how creative some Christians have become in serving others during this pandemic? Seeing these unique times as an opportunity to share the love of Jesus with others while practicing social distancing, some churches and ministries have come up with brilliant ideas. The Salvation Army has created a drive-by food distribution centre in one city I read about. A church that used to provide free school lunches to children in their neighbourhood has instead provided over 500 coats and a bottled water. When the Body of Christ gets serious about sharing the love of Jesus with others, God gives some creative ideas to do so.
This shouldn’t surprise us. Human creativity pales in comparison to the One who created all things. As impressive as His creative genius was in bringing everything into existence from nothing, His most ingenious plan was the redemption of the world.
Stop for a moment to consider God’s salvation plan. Even before He created the world, He devised a plan. He who created time and space would leave eternity, step into His world as a baby, and be born in a cattle trough. He who knew no pain would suffer horrific agony on a cross made from part of His creation. This was the creative plan that would save the world and it was all formed in His mind.
Listen to what Jesus says in Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” There is great truth in the first seven words – for even the Son of Man came. The sentence goes on to tell us why He came – to serve us by completing the plan – becoming my ransom and yours. But the first phrase itself speaks volumes – He came. He stepped into our world. He fulfilled the redemptive plan that had been set in motion before the creation of the world.
The plan isn’t complete until He has been born into your life by faith, and has completed His work of redemption in your life. Once He has, He calls us to fulfill His plan for our lives. He calls us to serve Him by serving others.
During this pandemic time, that will take creativity. As we have already seen, God is the creative genius and He will give us great ideas about how to do this. And we need to act courageously. We need to put others before ourselves.
In speaking of the story of the Good Samaritan, Martin Luther King Jr. said this: “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But the good Samaritan reversed the question: If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”
You won’t have to look far to find those who need you, and through you, Jesus. Step out in faith today and put your creative “I’ll-serve-you-in-Jesus’-name” plan in place.
I’m Bob Beasley, and these have been words from the heart.