Daily Devotional – Monday, December 6, 2021
“So Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” (Mark 10:42-45, NLT)
How are you spending your life? In service to others or to yourself? For those who claim to be followers of Christ, there is only one correct response…we are called to become like the One we follow and practice sacrificial giving. But the contrary message of the world also pulls hard on us and we can find ourselves giving, but lacking in generosity or even begrudging the need to help another.
But what does Jesus tell us secures our place in heaven with Him? We need to believe in Him, obey Him and become like Him. Jesus was never miserly. There were no ‘untouchables’ from His perspective. There was no one whom He didn’t love…fully.
Our Christian family is in need of a shake-up. The needs of people around us are ever-present…that will not change as long as we live on this sin-infected planet. My challenge for each one of us today is simply to evaluate our levels of and motivations for service. Do people see Jesus in your care for others…or is your reflection of only yourself?
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!