Whenever I am frustrated (exasperated) with
people my brothers and sisters in Christ. I am convicted. I am convicted because I am reminded of my Servant Savior in the Gospel of Mark. He was so tender in His actions(except for Temple scene, but that’s a different story). There are re occurring words/phrases that pop up in this marvelous Gospel. The few that stick out to me are: Immediately, He looked up on them, and He had compassion on them. I mean seriously, how humble are you Lord to immediately look upon me in my ignorance and have compassion on me! Oh, how I praise you, Jesus!
This morning, I began to ponder what this would look like, having a servant of Highest Esteem. I thought of Him coming and humbly serving me in my home.[Now, I know. Before some of y’all go there, this is not (necessarily) how Jesus came; you know, to wait on us hand and foot. But go with me for a moment.] So, I began to imagine my Lord in my home picking up after me (even when I can easily do this myself), preparing meals, washing clothes, teaching my children, talking to me, praying for me, taking up my cause and much more. ALL without complaining. Without showing a single sign of condemnation or embarrassment or even the struggle to submit. He just does it! ………………….Take a moment……………. Think about it.
Although Jesus is not our personal, have Him Your Way Savior, meeting all the requirements on my JesusDO list.→He is SO MUCH MORE than my personal Servant I illustrated in my above wonderment.→ He IS THE ULTIMATE SERVANT. BECAUSE HE IS KING and HE CHOSE TO COME SERVE ME WHEN I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HIM and was filthy and unable TO SERVE HIM. Selah I KNOW! Sit, stand, kneel, bow or just go prostrate before the LORD, in AWE of Him. Go ahead… Worship Him! ———————-Okay. I am back! As, I sit here
frustrated grateful. (Worship and prayer has a way of putting the correct lens over the viewfinder of my heart.) I remind myself, that serving doesn’t come easy. It isn’t always convenient, comfortable or nicely framed. Whether you are serving your children by wiping their bottoms, cleaning up vomit THAT IS NOT YOURS! Or talking to a sister, who just needs a sister at 11 o’clock at night, when you are beyond mentally capable of having an intelligent conversation.
Servanthood. It ain’t pretty y’all. And Jesus, by far did not try to make it look pretty. At all. I mean there was blood and nasty pieces of flesh ripped from His Body when He was flogged, in His service. He received bruises and broken ribs, and blackened eyes when He was beaten, in His service to us. There was no one wiping up the blood that dripped from His pierced Body or concealing the scars as He hung on the cross. NO! It was gruesome, Isaiah 52:14 foretold it like this, “As many were astonished at you— his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—” Marred. No human semblance. His form beyond that of the children of mankind (Meaning He looked like a ravished piece of something…). This is here Word picture is of our King. Servant King, JESUS. Praise YOU JESUS! My soul can not thank You enough!
One other word that is repeated throughout the Gospel of Mark is: SIGH or SIGHED. Jesus sighed. We sigh when we are tired, hungry annnndddd frustrated. Mark 9:19, “And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” He was tired, hungry, frustrated but He didn’t stop. He kept on serving. We know this because at the end of the verse, he says, “Bring Him to me.” Other examples (Mark 3:10 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. Mark 6:30, 34 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things. Mark 10:1 And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.)
Often times, in this life of serving Christ and others we become frustrated. We are frustrated for two reasons. They are either or. 1. We’re not getting our way 2. It’s killing every part of the prideful ‘us’. The first is futile and bears no fruit. The second hurts like heck, but it is not wasted and bears bountiful fruit. Lord, may I become unrecognizable in my serving. My I not look like my selfish self in Your Kingdom. I pray my form would be the form of Your Image. May I be unabating in this race to make Your Name Famous among mankind. Whether beaten and bruised or marred in words, thoughts or body, I am REDEEMED! So may I say as You said..’Bring him to me’.
“and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:5-10