“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.
I am realizing more and more that I still have some things to learn in regards to being a true servant with my family, and perhaps with others.
My intentions are that I want to do my best in serving them as a provider, cooking meals and in doing what I can.
But much of what I do actually can be “self-serving” when I don’t consider or listen, to those around me fully. I tend to want to be in control — to want things to work out and yet; it’s hard for me to relinquish control.
I can come home from work feeling tired and worn out, not truly understanding what has happened at home. And yet, I think that most of us see things from merely our own point of view rather than others. We see the world through our own set of eyes.
But our home life is where the rubber really hits the road. One can’t hide, or put on masks to show their best face because everything is out in the open for all to see. They are well aware of our own short-comings and strengths.
To truly sacrifice means to give up on our own agendas, and consider what is best for all. But it’s actually more than that. Because until one truly listens and understands what the needs and desires of others are, then our own viewpoint falls way short of true sacrifice.
None of us truly knows what it means to sacrifice our own lives so that others might live.
Our Lord Jesus gave up His own life as a ransom for many that we might have life, and have it everlasting. He even gave up equality with God as a thing to be grasped, and became a servant.
As Saint Francis so wisely said many years ago,
”O divine Master, grant I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?