JESUS SERVED: WE SERVE – A Change of Perspective
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. —Mark 10:45
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. — Luke 2:8-20
It is amazing that we can change our mind, that our hearts can be turned toward people, and that our actions can be to bring about change but that we can do all those things without have the same perspective as Jesus. While the gospel is good news, it still requires us to see that good news. Once we do that, then the other parts of serving come into play.
In our culture, Christmas is often seen as so many other things rather than Jesus. The advent season is an anticipation of things that are often so temporal, and yet we look forward to those with great expecatations. Our eyes get easily distracted by so many things and move them away from a focus on the One who came to save us all!
The list of ways we look at Christmas is varied. Some of us see it as a burden, as a time of year when we are inordinately busy with all of the extraneous things that go with the season. Still for others of us we can see it through anxious eyes, worried about getting the right things or spending time with family. For others that time can be painful, and we look forward to when it is over because of the pain we see and experience during such times. And for so many in our culture, it is the ultimate time to see the consumer side of us as we peer through a lens of consumption for the betterment of ourselves rather than others.
What moves us to begin to serve others with our head, heart, and hands is having a right perspective of both Who came and for whom He came. It is this perspective that we see the shepherds go and see for themselves the birth of Christ. This change of perspective leads them to change the other parts of their lives so that they serve in a different manner now.
Jesus came to serve us. We are here to serve others as He served us. Only when we see others as Christ did can we begin to serve them fully with our head, our hearts, our hands. Jesus taught us how to love him wholly—heart, mind, soul, strength—and this is how we are to love others. As our perspective changes, so does the way we love and serve others.