by Charles R. Swindoll
Painful though it may be for us to admit it here in this great land of America, we’re losing touch with one another. The motivation to help, to encourage, yes, to serve our fellow-man is waning. People have observed a crime in progress but refused to help so as not to be involved. Even our foundational values are getting lost in these confusing days. And yet, it is these things that form the essentials of a happy and fulfilled life.
Maybe you’ve never before stopped to consider that God is committed to one major objective in the lives of all His people: to conform us to “the image of His Son.” Well, rather than getting neck deep in tricky theological waters, I believe the simple answer is found in Christ’s own words. Listen as He declares His primary reason for coming:
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
No mumbo jumbo. Just a straight-from-the-shoulder admission. He came to serve and to give. It makes sense, then, to say that God desires the same for us. After bringing us into His family through faith in His Son, the Lord God sets His sights on building into us the same quality that made Jesus distinct from all others in His day. He is engaged in building into His people the same serving and giving qualities that characterized His Son.
Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant.