Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
“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 (NASB)
This verse has always intrigued me. Today I started thinking about this again. Think of it! When God became man to save mankind, He didn’t come as a king, He came as a servant. Not a hired servant, but He came as a bond servant–one who serves voluntarily.
Today, I had the privilege to have lunch with Pastor Brandon and Pastor Brian. As we sat and talked, I told them about my experiences with church since I became a Christian many years ago. For time sake, lets just say it was mostly bad. But not long after the ministry I work with moved out here, I started attending Stonepoint. The first Sunday I walked in, I was intrigued. Things were different but I couldn’t really figure out why. The sermon that day was one that I thought would drive people out of the church. It was a loving, but firm message that we don’t have time to “play church” and if one felt that is what they wanted, that perhaps Stonepoint might not be the place for them. I was somewhat stunned by it, but in all honesty, found it refreshing to hear from a pulpit.
Since then, I have been attending weekly and recently attended the “new members” class. For the first time in a long time, I really wanted to be a part of this body. But being involved in full-time ministry already, I was not sure how I could be of any service to them. And that brings us back to today’s lunch. we met to talk about serving and how I might be a part of it. I told them I wanted to help in anyway I could, but didn’t want it to interfere with the work of the ministry I am involved with. I guess I didn’t make it easy on them. But both pastors were graceful and we decided just to try one or two things and see how it works out. So soon, I will be helping at Stonepoint on Sunday mornings.
This made me think of a couple of conclusions about serving. First, service to the Lord needs to be from the heart, and not something forced from the outside. We need to serve as a bond servant of Christ. In the Bible, bond servants served out of love for their master. We need to serve in that same spirit. Second, serving makes one come out of their comfort zone. Not that I was afraid to serve, but I was wondering how much more could I do. Later, I thought how silly that was. Jesus gave His all. How could I think I could do less? Finally, serving has it’s own rewards. We don’t need recognition or rewards when we serve. We need to die to ourselves and follow our Lord who showed us the way. My encouragement for all of us is just to follow our Lord’s example and seek not to be served, but to serve. Blessings.