Matthew 20:28 (ESV)
Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
While NBA broadcaster Ernie Johnson had been a believer for years, God was calling him to something more, to greater risk and deeper boldness to profess his faith and share his story in a public setting. Johnson stepped out and began sharing his testimony, his first experience coming out of service to a friend.
Johnson reminds us that service is a state of heart, a bending of our own will to seek that of our Father. It’s when we come to the end of our own ability that we are sent out of our comfort zone, and we hear the voice of God nudging us to something unfamiliar. We reach out to do what we think we cannot, surrendering our fears for the sake of someone else.
Jesus, the ultimate picture of servanthood, bent His immortal frame in human flesh, turning down alleyways to call out to the marginalized and forgotten. He submerged His hands in water and washed the feet of His own followers. And He hung on a cross for humanity, bearing the brunt of God’s wrath so we would have an eternal home in Heaven. His example should permeate our every thought and action as we mold our hearts in a posture of vulnerability and take up a servant-minded position like our Savior.
In what ways can you ask God to guide you out of your comfort zone?
Dear Lord, we are thankful that we have the example of Jesus to show us what it means to serve. Sometimes we are afraid to leave what we are used to and sacrifice our time, resources and words to give when it is inconvenient for us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.