As we are traveling through Holy Week, I am reading parts of the the gospels and today parts of John. Today am reading John 12 and 13. Jesus is telling everyone over and over that he is going to be lifted up, he is going to die, he is leaving and will come back. They haven’t got a clue. My heart breaks for them. They want a king, a ruler to come and take Jerusalem back for them. They can only see what is right in front of them. So often it is the same with us. We are tied up in our own life, our own drama, that we can’t see the forest for the trees. But Jesus tells us, it’s not about us. Life is so much bigger than our own personal bubble that we have created! Vs 25: “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”
The church I call home is part of a larger program that takes children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and or neglect and put in foster homes. And for a week, just loves them. Our church does the same on a smaller scale for teens as well. These kids have lived things you and I may never comprehend. They need love - and our volunteers give it. It is by no means easy. But the motto they tell themselves is this “it’s not about me” and that is correct. Not only for this week that they give love, but for each and every one of our lives. God never put us on the earth for ourselves. He didn’t allow us to live and breath so that we could catch the next episode of whatever show is on the TV or go to the next great event or do the next great thing. God allowed us to live for the sole purpose of worship. 1) I pray you chose to worship Him 2) It is my prayer that you would give your life in a service that is worthy of and reflects your worship of Him.
Because the saying is true, it’s not about you. It’s about Jesus. And what He said is also true. And he did so that you could serve. In case you missed it earlier, here it is again vs 26: “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”