I do wish my mind would remain on the things above… Some days are better than others, but some days, minute by minute my satisfaction in Jesus is much to easily neglected as I meditate on earthly pursuits. Every culture has it’s allurements; possessions that define ones status quo etc. My dream house, my wardrobe, my husband’s income, the college degree, a new dining set, the newest i(fill in the blank), Trader Joe’s, which wrap I carry my babe in… any one of these things and many others can so easily become idols in my life… replacing the Gospel and becoming the center of my worship… the prize of my perseverance… rather than the Lord.
Truly, it is only He who will satisfy eternally… clothes rip (or I splash oil on them), the house falls apart and bigger better ones are constantly on the market, dishes break, vacations end, trophies collect dust and loose their luster, electronics fail, break and empty our coin purses, suck up our time and all too soon become obsolete… we always crave more… newer… better… bigger. Oh to get my mind off of these fleeting things and to consider others as myself. The cycle ends only with Jesus. Joy in him is never-ending… his gift is eternal and there is. nothing. greater.
…even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
This gift is the greatest example of putting others first; sacrificial, joyful, undeserving and unconditional. No one knows greater than Jesus the price of serving one another… of being “others oriented.” Loving a God who came to serve me inspires and draws me to desire to do and be the same. Serving one another can be one of the most difficult aspects of the Gospel to grasp. It is counter cultural for many, and seemingly counter intuitive for most. While we ponder the growth of our empires (be it business, our homes, a reputation)… our God came not to be served, but to serve, and that compels me to do the same.
I find comfort knowing that “no one can serve two masters.” This is good news for us. When we love the Lord our God with all our hearts and our devoted servants of his… we will love him, and love what he loves, and consequently… “despise the other.” And as we serve the Lord, he will lead us, strengthen us and bless us to serve others.
Everyday we battle the things that replace the Gospel in our lives. Whether tangible possessions or commodities such as time… how we use, spend and prioritize them make all the difference. I hope that the legacy I leave points to Jesus and the ways he blessed others through me… and not the things I collected up; not the things that I have… that will perish… but the ways that I loved and served those around me.