For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28).
A few years ago, my dearly beloved wife, Vonette, and I were about to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I was thinking of an elegant place to take her just to express to her in a tangible way how important she is to me. I wanted it to be a really, really special evening.
But something happened that caused my mind to change, and she and I agreed that instead of our going to an elegant restaurant we should go down on skid row and serve the homeless people meals. A friend or ours who happened to be running the kitchen for the homeless people arranged for us to go because they needed volunteers to serve the food.
When we arrived, Vonette and I received our assignment to serve the food. The people began to come by. As I watched them, my heart was broken. These people were all visibly defeated. No one looked me in the eye and I was soon identifying myself with these people, thinking that but for the grace of God what has happened to them could have happened to me. I began to weep.
I served the entire time with tears streaming down my cheeks because God was speaking to Bill Bright, reminding me how fortunate I am and giving me a compassion for people less fortunate than I. Now, that's a very small thing in light of all the many things we should do for the poor, the orphans, the widows and I've tried to do that all through the years, but this was a very moving experience, because God used the occasion to speak to me. I was blessed more than anyone there -- because I heard from God.
Anyone could have served the meals, but God wanted me to help serve them so He could communicate a message to me. The message prompted greater gratitude to God for His blessing, and the importance of being a servant to Him and others.
I remembered the words of our Lord, "Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave -- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:26-28, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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