Jesus calls us to a life continually directed toward service for others. Directing our lives to service means that we live not for ourselves but for others. How can we do this? We need God’s grace. I have come across a maxim, a motto for life, that I think explains it all. I wonder if you will agree? The maxim is: “our life is not about us,” “our life is not about us.” I think that just might sum up what Jesus means when He tells us to be servants. If we believe that our life is about us, we’ll look inward; take care of #1, ourselves. We’ll be like the Rich Young Man. But, if we believe that our life is not about us, then we’ll have a conversion- a turn toward God and others.
“Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “A Psalm of Life”
They say that a head with blond hairs total 150,000 and brunettes have 125,000 hairs, and redheads, 100,000. Who knows? But, it puts Jesus’ comment into perspective that the Father knows the exact count. In other words, we are precious in God’s sight. To what extent do we see ourselves as valuable? What gives a person value in God’s sight?
An ancient tradition says that Luke was from Syria and a doctor. He was with Paul on his Second Missionary Journey and also with him in Rome. He probably left Rome after Paul’s death going to Greece where he wrote the Gospel that bears his name and its second volume, the Acts of the Apostles. He is said to have painted an icon of Mary.
A man had a strange dream in which an angel took him to a Sunday worship. The organist played; the keys went up and down; but nothing was heard. The people’s mouths opened but no sound came out. The man asked the angel why he couldn’t hear anything. “Because there is nothing to hear; lots of activity but no worship here.” How much of your heart do you put into your worship?
Washing before eating was not just a matter of cleanliness but also a matter of religious ritual. Jesus did not object to the ritual what he objected to was the attitude that made the ritual more important than helping the needy. What sort of balance do you keep between worship and service to others?
God sent Jonah to the people of Nineveh who responded to his preaching and repented. God sent Jesus to Israel but they were not as responsive. That’s why Jesus tells His hearers that the people of Nineveh will stand up and accuse them on Judgment Day. How responsive are we to Jesus’ call to repentance? What steps do we take to keep from falling back into sin?