Day 6 // Life Mission

“… the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Matt. 20:28 (NIV)

Christmas tells us that Christ came. His life and death show us why. From the start it was obvious Jesus was no ordinary child. Still, it would be His life that would demonstrate the impact of that Christmas miracle. His life mission is best understood in His own words to His disciples. While they were vying for position in His Kingdom, Jesus made it clear why He came. It wasn’t what they expected. It was counterintuitive to them. They expected a Messiah to overthrow the Roman Government and establish His own rule and reign and they wanted the top seats next to Him. Imagine the bewilderment among the disciples when Jesus told them that as the “Son of Man” He “did not come to be served, but to serve…” That alone was enough to trouble them. Kings don’t serve others. Leadership has its privileges doesn’t it? Didn’t You come to take over? We want a share of that kingdom.

Then Jesus adds the second part of His life mission – “… to give His life as a ransom for many.” A “ransom” was the price paid to release a slave from bondage. Jesus was telling them that He came to die to redeem all people from the bondage of sin and death. The disciples thought that as long as Jesus was alive, He could save them. But Jesus is revealing that only His death would save them and the world. Not surprising is it that they had no comment. Still, I can’t help but wonder if they left reconsidering their commitment to follow Him.

So what’s your life mission? Who doesn’t want to sign up for the glory? If Jesus were to come and make us all rulers with servants at our beck-and-call I’m in! Consider the call of Christ. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (NIV)

What a challenge? Think about your life mission as we journey to Christmas in this Advent adventure together. Do you seek to be served? Who doesn’t? Let’s be honest. It goes against our nature to serve and to give. But that’s the life mission of Christ; to serve and to give. Imagine your life, indwelled by Christ today, with the same life mission. Who would He have you serve? What would He have you give? That will make the most meaningful Christmas ever!

“Your life mission is both a challenge and a rebuke to me Jesus. I need You in my life to have a mission like Yours. Show me those around me I may serve in Your name. As I consider what to give this Christmas, help me give my greatest gift to You.” In Jesus name, Amen

If you were to sum up your life mission what would it look like?

How can you best serve those around you?

What could be your greatest gift this Christmas to Christ?

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