Unquestionably Called to Serve

| Mon, Nov 25, 2013 | Set 3 Week 48

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…whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.—Matthew 20:26–28

When we face major life decisions, it is tempting to obsess over what we are supposed to do. Should I be a teacher? Should I be a preacher? Should I start a business? Should I serve overseas? These kinds of questions are important, and we should seek God’s will through prayer and his word and his people.

But there is work that every single one of us is unquestionably called to do. Jesus commands each of us to serve as a slave just as he himself served. “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave” (Matthew 20:26–27).

Last January, I had the opportunity to study and pray and meditate in the quiet woods of Minnesota. There, I believe the Lord graciously spoke to me through the Bible. One of my friends had previously told me that his mentor had encouraged him in preaching ministry because he thought my friend was “unquestionably called to preach.” I rejoiced with my friend and gave him my own affirming feedback.

But as I spent time at length praying over God’s word, seeking his plan for my own life, it was as if he said, “Bryan, you are unquestionably called to serve.” While I knew this Fighter Verse in my head, it landed on me with fresh excitement in those quiet woods. I thought, “Lord, I want to give myself to being the slave of all” (see also Mark 10:44).

I’ve heard it said, “It is easier to be thought of as a servant than to be treated like one.” When God tests our hearts, sometimes he shows us that we aren’t as humble and Christlike as we think we are. So, we ask for the same Spirit that indwelt and empowered Jesus to indwell and empower us.

Christ gave himself as a ransom so that we would be able to follow in his footsteps. To be great as he is great, we are called to outdo one another in showing honor (not seeking it), and when we do so, we will become truly great.

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