Scripture: Mark 10: 32-45
Key verses: (43-45) 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Reflection: Jesus points out that there is no escaping service. You will either willingly serve others, or you will become a slave to your illusions that you can serve no one. We live with that illusion of independence and then we serve power, consumption, status or even just stuff.
Who will you serve?
Jesus calls us to find freedom through service to neighbor. He challenges everything we know with the life-giving revelation that as we lose ourselves in service we find ourselves living more fully. As we follow Christ, we give ourselves away in service and love only. We have been on this journey of commitment during lent, giving up our additions and striving to be faithful to one God. This spiritual practice helps us to discover a depth and quality of life we’d never experienced before. Jesus helps us to discover a depth and a quality of life like we have never experienced.
Listen again to the question Jesus was asking the disciples and each of us. Who will you serve?
Prayer: God, help me to acknowledge the ways this world has a hold on me. Guide me as I seek to follow your son and serve only you. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].