The Heart & Hands of Jesus – Mark 10:45
“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
Jesus gave His followers a true picture of servanthood. How many of us would kneel down and wash dry, dirty feet as Jesus did for His disciples in the upper room?
Would we give our very life for someone else as Jesus did when He willingly gave up His physical life so we could have eternal life?
What holds us back from being the hands and heart of Jesus?
The first thing that comes to mind is timidity. We may hesitate to offer to pray for someone, afraid they will think we consider ourselves “super spiritual.” Think of it as taking our hurt brother or sister to a parent (God) to be comforted and soothed.
The second reason we may not step up and serve is it may not be convenient. I remember when a needy, homeless friend was staying in a motel. She called and said she had no money for the room and the bill was due. I told her to come and pick up a check to which she said, “I have no gasoline in my truck, you will have to bring it to me.” She was all the way across town and it was time to cook supper. My husband graciously braved the traffic and went with me. I confess I did not do it with the heart of Jesus.
A third reason is serving may deplete our resources. The little boy who gave his loaves and fishes gave them up freely. He must have had faith in Jesus. Because he gave, he was part of a miracle. In our case it may be money or energy that will be depleted if we answer a need.
Another reason is serving may require physical sacrifice. My daughter-in-law under went a hospital stay, and a painful bone marrow extraction, for treatment for a lady she did not know.
Each of us has works of service to do for Jesus. Let us leave our comfort zone and be His hands and feet to the world.