(This is day four of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
Read Mark 9: 33-37.
In the next 24 hours, find a way to serve someone.
Why did Jesus take a child in His arms for this remark? What does it say about Jesus that a little child was nearby? Kids know. Have you ever noticed that they are the perfect readers of people? They seem to have this innate ability to know who people really are under the veneer. I’m not surprised at all that there were children nearby. I’d imagine people of all ages were drawn to Jesus–and were welcomed by Him. He wanted their purity and innocence to shine through, just as it should in all of us, before the world can harden us and make us cynical.
Is the server or the served more blessed? When my heart is truly about serving when I take action, I’m certainly blessed more as the server than as the served.
Is your day characterized more by serving or by being served? Does this change during the Christmas season? God has been all over me about this lately. I’ve become a horrible servant. It seems like I move from one task to the next, always focused on getting things done, checking the blocks, missing the people behind those blocks. He is definitely challenging me to look up and focus on who is around me, on what they need, more than simply getting things done.