March 03, 2018: SOAP #3012: Numbers 32-33; Mark 10 Scripture:   Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Observation:     Others referred to Jesus as the 'Son of God' but Jesus spoke of Himself as the 'Son […]

March 03, 2018: SOAP #3012: Numbers 32-33; Mark 10

Scripture:   Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Observation:     Others referred to Jesus as the 'Son of God' but Jesus spoke of Himself as the 'Son of Man.'   Although He pre-existed as God, the Son, He came to earth, born as a man is born of a woman; grew and developed as a man; experienced the same temptations as all men do, but without sinning; then died as a sinless man to pay for the sins of man.

Here is a purpose statement given by Jesus.   This is how He saw His mission.   He had come to serve rather than be served.

Application:  If I consider myself a follower of Jesus, and if I claim that He lives in me, then I should adopt His purpose statements as my own.   I am not here to be served, but to serve.

[NOTE:   This SOAP devotion from March 3, 2011 spoke specifically to me.   A servant has one true purpose, to serve his Master.   The servant's schedule is set by the Master.   My attitude about unexpected schedule changes can be a good indication as to who I really consider the master of my life.   Complaining about last minute changes, or waiting impatiently, as my schedule is interrupted, can reveal that I still think that I am in charge.   Being able to wait patiently indicates that I believe the Lord is ultimately in charge of my schedule.]

Prayer:       Father, thank you for sending your Son to serve me by paying the penalty for my sin.   Now is it my joy to serve you and those around me.       Amen.

Pastor Leon
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