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                                                                                                        April 3, 2016

What if He Hadn’t?

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

It is clear that the Lord came to this earth to be a servant. For that, everyone can be thankful. The idea of the Lord serving is often talked about, but what does it really mean? Yes, it is apparent that He went about doing good. “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38). He healed people. He cast out demons. He raised the dead. That is service. Jesus went beyond that type of service—He ministered the soul as well as the body. He admonished. He exhorted. He taught. That is real service. Recognizing what He did to serve is important, but it still doesn’t answer the question. What does being a servant really mean? We know what he did, but what was he?

He was one who denied self. We see Christ Jesus, “who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8).

He was one who endured. The One who set the example, is one “WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross” (1Peter 2:22-24).

He was one who was patient. We could all say with Paul, “It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life” (1Timothy 1:15-16).

He was one who submitted to the plan. How often we remember His humble prayer, “He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.’” (Matthew 26:42).

He was one who was forgiving. We also often think of this attribute of service that He exhibited, even while being crucified. “But Jesus was saying, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves” (Luke 23:34).

What if this wasn’t the Lord? Can you imagine where we would be if we had a Lord who was not forgiving, humble, gentle, and patient? Where would we be if He had not suffered and denied self to do it? What if He had not been a servant?

These few passages give us just a glimpse of who our Servant is. The problem is, even when we spend a little time thinking about how wonderful and lovingly the Lord shows service, we fail to make application of it to ourselves. The One who came to serve is our Master and Lord. We would do well to remember that He Himself said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master” (Matthew 10:24). How many times do you suppose that we are reminded that Christ is our example? How many times are we told to walk after Him? How often do we need to be reminded that people are to see God in us? How can this ever be if what He is, is not what we are!

Do we really understand what it means to patiently deny self in all humility? Most of the time, I truly don’t think so. We may talk a good game and be able to make a list of all of the things we’ve given up and all of our abundance we’ve given away—clue! That is not the heart of service! Self denial is NEVER putting yourself above anything else. We are told that the Lord denied Himself. In the very same sentence, we are also told that we must be the same! “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus …” (Philippians 2:5). In the sentence preceding, we are told, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4). Yet, how many times have we heard this sentiment expressed (or been guilty of it ourselves): “I’m just not happy”—“I’m just not satisfied”—“I’m just not getting much out of my spiritual life”? We don’t have to wonder why. Where is the focus? And somehow we think that we’re a servant of the Lord?!

The peace that surpasses all comprehension is not found in external circumstance! It can only exist when we are focused in Christ and in His service! Can you imagine Jesus, as He sent out His disciples to teach, instead of telling them that things would be inconvenient and even difficult, that He would say something like: “Now go out and serve like I have showed you, but just make sure and look for a place that makes you satisfied and happy. Don’t worry too much about all the folks that you can teach and encourage. The main thing is just make sure you feel good. After all, I want you to grow spiritually, so not too much of this patient endurance and being a living sacrifice kind of stuff. Remember, this is all about you, not Me!”

Are we really willing to be forgiven and to submit to the Master’s plan? He wants everyone to repent. He wants everyone to come to Him. He wants all to be cleansed. “Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1Peter 3:21). How often do we see or hear this sentiment expressed: “I’ve got this!”—clue! No you don’t! “A man’s way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps. Correct me, O LORD, but with justice …” (Jeremiah 10:23-24). “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The Lord said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter” (Matthew 7:21). Can you imagine Him instead saying something like: “I know you know who I am. I know you want to be secure and happy for eternity, so I’ve got you covered. Don’t worry about all that stuff that God has planned. I sacrificed Myself just so you could be happy and not really have to DO anything. Do want you want to do—no submission required.” That’s not funny, but some people surely don’t take Jesus’ words seriously.

The Lord came as a servant. What if He hadn’t? What if I’m not walking in the steps of the Lord? Can you imagine where you will be if you are not forgiving, humble, gentle, and patient? Where will you be if you are not bearing your cross daily? Where will you be if you are not denying yourself? What if you are not a servant?

—S Scott Richardson Sr.


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