S (Scripture): Luke 9:20 Then Jesus said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 21 But he forcefully commanded them not to tell this to anyone, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
23 Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
O (Observation): Jesus reminds the disciples of the calling that he (and they) are to follow. The pattern is as follows: life, death, resurrection. Their lives are not given so that they can be successful. Their lives are given so that they can give away their lives; they are to serve and help others…to share the Good News with others. Indeed, our salvation lies in the fact that God conquered death and brought new life in Jesus…the ultimate giving occurred on the cross for you, for me.
A (Application): Our world reminds us – constantly – that our world is all about US! How can we be served? How can my life be improved? How can my home be better? How can my wardrobe be improved?
The odd thing is that we were made to serve, and not be served. We are called to give up our comfort for the sake of others. We are called to lay down what is important for us, so that others may receive God’s love.
We strive to satisfy ourselves, yet that is not our calling. And strangely, when we serve others, we receive a deep, deep satisfaction that is better than any surprise anyone can give us.
Who have you served lately? I have to say that I haven’t done so well in this area lately…I’ve got work to do!!!
P (Prayer): Lord, remind us that this life is not all about us! Amen.