"Call me, if you need anything." My nurse, Adrianna, says each time she leaves me room. I am lying in a hospital bed right now and thinking about the nurse that is fetching me ice and ginger ale every hour. She serves other people daily. I'll give you that she's being paid to do those things and so much more, but that still takes a passion for helping and serving others. Other careers, like teaching, are much the same way.
So much of our society is self-serving, though. Just about everything is customizable to likes and dislikes,ac these days. And advertisers would have you believe you should get the latest and greatest, with all those options.
Christians are guilty of the same thing, when we want church to meet our needs and suit our preferences. We want Jesus our way - but he desires it to be his way.
But long ago, Jesus offered a different approach.
Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will save it. For what does it benefit someone if he gains the whole world, and yet loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 23-25
So in verse 23, we are commanded to pick up the cross. We are to give our life up daily. Give up our plans to follow his. Give up our wants to meet his. And to give up serving ourselves to serve him and others. Much like that nurse.
And when we do, we will discover that by giving up our life to live for him, that we still win, in the end. By doing the pursuit of what He wants,we actually find what we really desire. We find our life by giving it up. We find fulfillment in serving him and others. We build his kingdom, only to discover that it is ours, as well. Yes, we may die today, but we will live forever.
How will you serve God and others today?
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.