Thursday, February 14, 2013

Week 7 of 52!




“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

The past two weeks, I have memorized the previous verses:
“But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:” (Mathew 20:26-27)

We can argue our case of “why I can’t do that” or “why I shouldn’t be the servant” until we read “Even as the Son of Man came . . .” Jesus Christ – the One Who Created me – came to minister . . . to me! He willingly bowed so low that He left His glory to live in the filth of earth among the filth of men . . . for our sakes! If Jesus Christ did so much for me, who am I to say that I cannot do so much for Him and others? It is simply ridiculous for us to assume such a lofty position to refuse to serve.

A good parallel passage for Matthew 20:26-28 is Philippians 2:5-11: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

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What verse are you working on memorizing this week?

4 comments:

Kelly said...

My seventh verse of fifty two for 2013 is James 1:19...
“Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.”

I pray the Lord will help me to become a woman like this...

Rubies Like Ruth said...

@Kelly

I have memorized that verse as well. So much easier to quote than to apply, isn't it? Yes, may we all strive to be women like this!

~Ana Renee
www.52weeks52verses.blogspot.com
www.rubieslikeruth.blogspot.com

Amy said...

Love is patient, love it kind. Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Rubies Like Ruth said...

@Amy

That is one of the passages that I "know" well but do not "apply" well. :) May we all grow in our love in Christ!

Thank you for sharing with us.

~Ana Renee
www.52weeks52verses.blogspot.com
www.rubieslikeruth.blogspot.com