Pastor’s Corner: We Would See Jesus

During the American Revolution a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier. Their leader, shouting instructions, made no attempt to help them. Asked why by the rider, he retorted with great dignity, “Sir, I am a corporal!” The stranger apologized, dismounted, and help the exhausted men. By PASTOR DAVID MOENCH
The job done, he turned to the corporal and said, “Mr. Corporal, next time you have a job like this and not enough men, go to your commander-in-chief, and I will help you again.” The rider was George Washington.
Jesus tells a parable that challenges those of us who have been raised in this egocentric society. He speaks of a servant who put in a hard day’s work. After work, though bone weary and famished, he had no time to fix a meal for himself because he must first fix his master’s supper. Said the master, “…after that you may eat and drink” (Lk. 17:8). Then Jesus makes His point, “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty'” (v. 10).
Once the president of a Christian organization, known for its focus on servanthood, was asked by someone how he could know if he had a servant’s attitude. He replied, “By how you act when you are treated like one.” To be willing to do anything, however costly, irksome, or undignified in order to help someone is the mark of a true servant. To be sure, servanthood is the standard our eternal destiny hinges on –Matthew 25:31-46.
But does God require something from us that He Himself is unwilling to do? Not at all. Wrote Paul, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus [What was that?]: Who, being in very nature GOD, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped… [but] humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” –Phil. 2:5-8, (Heb. 12:2).
The corporal mentality is an attitude Christians should shun. It’s no surprise that those oppressed by the religious leaders of Jesus’ day flocked to the humble, servant leader. The cry, “We would see Jesus.” (Jn. 12:21) was on the lips of multitudes then, and certainly is in the hearts of many today.
Says Jesus through His servant Paul, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves… [looking] not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4). Christ’s followers faithfully serve their Master when they selflessly serve their fellowman (Matt. 25:40). When this happens we once again see Jesus.
David Moench is the pastor of Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bowman.

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