Every mission trip I’ve had the opportunity to participate in has led to one similar conclusion: the people serving are just as blessed as the ones being served.  There is something about serving others that creates an attitude of thanksgiving, humility, and love.  Our intention and motives to serve need to begin with love. 

In John 13 we see ‘the greatest extent’ (other Bible translations use these words rather than ‘loved them to the end’) of Jesus’ love.  John 13:1, “It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”  We read throughout scripture of God’s love for humanity.  The ultimate example is the cross.  Jesus came to serve.  In Matthew 20:28 Jesus said, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  

Jesus served his disciples on that Passover evening before he would be arrested and crucified.  Jesus served the Passover meal and washed his disciples’ feet.  Serving in such way to set an example for them and us.  Serving with humility and love.  Jesus served the entire world by giving his own life for all humanity.  Throughout Jesus’ ministry He showed what it means to serve: healings, miraculous feedings, and listening to the needs of people.  Jesus was born to die on the cross and that mission trip continues to bless people with the promise of salvation. 

During the next few days as we continue to reflect on Jesus’ journey to the cross may we be reminded of the example Jesus set for us: to serve one another.  May we give of our time, energy, and resources to serve every day in our lives through relationships, family, school, and work.  

May your Easter be filled with hope…as you remember we serve a risen Savior!

(The above image/picture is of the Cristo de la Concordia (Christ of Peace) statue in Cochabamba Bolivia while on a mission trip.)

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