LET JESUS SERVE YOU

Jesus said “I am among you as one who serves” (Luke 22:27).

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Jesus did not come to be served but to serve[1]. Jesus wants to be the greatest in your life, by being your servant. This is mind blowing. God ‘s grace[2] towards us is so huge that he sent Jesus to be our servant, our crutch[3], our place of refuge[4], our strength[5], our helper[6], our counselor[7]… the one we can completely depend on. He is the Suffering Servant [8] that Isaiah prophesied would come.

If Jesus is to be the greatest in the kingdom, which is within you[9], then you need to allow him to be the least [10]. Now this is one of the many mind boggling, paradigm shifting, paradoxes of kingdom life; The first will be last[11], the older will serve the younger[12], give and you will get, to him who has more will be given,  the least will be the greatest.

This may be the first time that you have heard this message about Jesus’ coming to serve you personally. It may seem offensive. Deep down many of us struggle with this concept of  being weak[13] and dependent. The thought of Jesus being our servant – offends me – “I must be his servant” I cry, Yes this may be true but first things first.

Many of us struggle with being served by others or receiving from others. And yet Jesus made it clear to Peter that unless he was willing to be served [14] and blessed by Jesus he could not be part of Jesus’ kingdom ministry to serve[15] and bless others.  Jesus laid down an essential truth that we first have to allow Jesus to serve and bless us before we can serve and bless others. We have to received Jesus’ grace so that we can give grace to others. Jesus the loving, humble[16], servant king is asking you today to allow him to serve you. He loves you deeply and he knows that if you don’t allow him to serve you, refresh you and feed you daily[17], you will burn out and be overwhelmed by the troubles and cares or life and the needs of others.

Yes, Jesus is Lord and King. Yes, he is Almighty God . But is he has to be the one that you feed on, draw strength from and are served by daily?  If we are honest most of us battle through each day in our own strength, following our own ways, our own plans by our own will and determination , sweat and toil[18] – and that’s hard. Why not lay it all down and cast the burdens of life onto Jesus [19] and enter his rest[20].  This is what living in grace is all about.

Servant king

Jesus is the Servant King who longs for us to be reliant on him. He longs to bless and serve you, he longs to carry your burdens, he longs to intercede in your problems[21], he longs to be your health, your wealth[22], your perfection[23], your righteousness and holiness[24].

Jesus came to serve us and yet most of us are obsessed with serving him. But in the kingdom things are always the other way around. In the New Covenant God no longer calls us servants but “sons”[25] – his precious children who have inherited his riches. He does not want us to relate to him as servants or as sinners[26] but as his righteous children who can draw on and enjoy our inheritance as his beloved  “sons”.

Only then we can go as his Ambassadors and share our blessings and serve those around us in love and joy, because we have an unlimited source and supply in Jesus our Servant King. We no longer rely on ourselves but only on Jesus who bears fruit in and through us. Jesus and his grace is always  good news!

Be blessed.

Garry

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[1] Mat 20:28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
[2] Grace or Greek “charis” is Jesus’ free gift of unearned and undeserved favour that blesses and empowers us.

[3] Psalm 23:4
[4] Psa 119:114  You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your Word (Jesus is the word. Jn1).
[5] 2Ti 2:1  You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
[6] Heb 13:6  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

[7] Joh 14:16  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.
[8] Isaiah 53:1-12  …..surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

[9] Luke 17:21
[10] Luke 22:24-27
[11] Mat.19:30  But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
[12] Luk 22:26  The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
[13] 2Co_12:9  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

[14] Joh 13:8  “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

[15] Joh 13:14  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
[16] Php 2:7  Jesus made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant.
[17] Joh 6:57  Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
Joh 6:58  This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”
[18] Gen.3:19
[19] 1Pe_5:7  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
[20] Mat_11:28  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  (also Heb.4:10)
[21] Heb 7:25  Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

[22] 2Co_8:9  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
[23] Heb 10:14  because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.

[24] 1Co_1:30  Jesus has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
[25] Gal 4:7  Wherefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (This is a legal term of inheritance that applies to male and female alike)
[26] Rom 5:19  For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
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