Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday, May 2: 1 Kings 12-13; Luke 22:1-30 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: 1 Kings 12-13; Luke 22:1-30

"Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves." Luke 22:25-27

In so many ways Jesus' teaching is so different from the world view. God knew we would need a different set of operating rules to make a difference in the world and impact people for Him. What sticks out for me in this passage is Jesus explaining how we need to show our faith through action, not words. Serving alongside Jesus is what we are called to do!

When eating at a restaurant, what are the characteristics of great service? Warm, friendly, attentive to what I need, always at the ready to fill my water, genuinely checking on my satisfaction and generous in solving any problems I encounter with my meal. Even petitioning to management if there is something wrong.

Do I translate this type of great service as I walk out my life as Jesus' hands and feet on earth? How do I serve others? Do I petition God on behalf of the people I am serving? Do I serve people differently based on my own personal biases or worldly view point? Am I genuine in my service?

God, help me to serve with Your full joy. As this verse says, you are among us as one who serves, help me to partner with you in serving with a full and happy heart regardless of the situation. Amen.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage1 Kings 14-15; Luke 22:31-46


Nathan Reimer said...

The key word you used was "serve". Often in life we look for ways that we can benefit or be served, maybe we need to look more at how we can serve and help others?

Tammy Reimer said...

Definitely a counter cultural mindset! Serving does not come naturally - good reminder to be more purposeful in our serving.