For the past 25 years I’ve been working at my parents’ trucking business. I’ve been known as Dale’s daughter, which I am completely ok with. I’m quite proud of my Dad & how hard he worked to build what he has. My Dad & I have worked quite closely over the years & I have picked up a lot of his mannerisms/ways; good & bad.
When I saw a picture of myself & my Dad, I was struck by how much I did resemble him & even stood like him. I had never paid attention to that before. I thought about that and wondered if people can tell I belong to God like they do my earthly father.
Does the world look at me and see Jesus? Does my voice, personality and the way I carry myself reflect Him? Do my words sound soft, holy and nice or just tired and grumpy? (I’ve been told I can be like a freight train when I talk: fast, charging, abrupt but meaning well.) Do they see a child of the King?
In Mark 9:33-37 the disciples are arguing about who among them would be the greatest. Can you imagine? You’re walking with Jesus, under his instruction all the time, seeing his miracles, power & authority & you’re arguing who’s his favorite. Man, aren’t we the same still today?
If only I could handle my disagreements, arguments, bad days like Jesus. Remember when the disciples were pushing away the children because they didn’t see their value, like we often do in today’s societies; but Jesus took a child into His arms saying that faith must be received like that of a child. Children just believe. They accept what you say & run with it while we adults have to analyze it to death. (But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14)
To be great in God’s kingdom we must become a servant. This is not how the world thinks but that is exactly how Christ came. He came to seek & save the lost. He came as a lowly carpenter’s son. His triumphal entry was not as a majestic king’s parade, but as one riding on a donkey. Jesus served people regardless of the cost. Mark 10:45 says, For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. We must be the same. John 12:26, Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
We should not be so busy that we can not take the time to stop, look and listen for what God wants us to do. Can you imagine the world if Jesus wouldn’t have stopped, touched, loved, healed, ministered to, taught, drove out demons, died on the cross because he was just too busy?
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
He is despised and [d]rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our [g]griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.