Jesus, knowing their thoughts, called them to his side and said, “Kings and those with great authority in this world rule oppressively over their subjects, like tyrants. But this is not your calling. You will lead by a completely different model. The greatest one among you will live as the one who is called to serve others, because the greatest honor and authority is reserved for the one with the heart of a servant. For even the Son of Man did not come expecting to be served but to serve and give his life in exchange for the salvation of many.”Matthew 20:25-28, The Passion Translation
When Jesus told His closest friends that they were going to lead their lives by a different rule than the world around them, it was the rule of love.
Love is always about attitude.
Love forgets itself, it’s position and its rights.
You can make breakfast for someone but not serve them.
You can work all day at your job and not serve anyone.
You can clean a toilet and only serve to banish grime.
The calling of Christmas is to forget yourself and serve others with abandon, no matter what action is required.
And there is nothing more blessed than to forget yourself, your worries, your struggles and serve with love. It is a relief is this mad world and a gift to you as much as it is to others.
It is the gift of a lifetime given to you by God Himself through the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
That is why there is such a thing as a Merry Christmas.
How are you going to forget yourself today?
Five more days til Christmas…