The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
- Mark 10:45
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
- Philippians 2:5 – 8
The story of our culture is one of upward mobility. We want to upgrade everything, as soon as possible, as quick as possible. We want to upgrade our starter home to a custom home with a little acreage and a view. We want to move higher up in our company, so that we have a higher income with higher perks and privileges. We want the fastest, the newest, and the largest. This is our culture’s story.
The Jesus story is radically different. It is the story of downward mobility. It is about how God humbled himself and set aside his divine privileges. It is about Jesus laying down his life as a ransom for many.
In other words, Jesus didn’t come from heaven to earth to boss people around. Nor did he come to hustle and manipulate his way to the top. Instead Jesus came to serve.
Don’t miss this. This is the heart of the Christian faith. God hasn’t asked us to serve him.
God is full and self-sufficient. His power, grace, life, and goodness are overflowing in abundance. And out of his fullness he stoops to serve. So he washes feet, heals the sick, encourages the weak, feeds the hungry, and helps those in need.
This is good news because we don’t need an upgrade, we need a humble savior. And Jesus came down to give us what we need.
So what does Jesus ask of us? He asks us to allow him to serve us and he asks us to join him in serving other people.
This, by the way, is where true peace is found.
Peace isn’t found in our constant upgrading. If it were, our culture would be settled and satisfied. But it’s not, because the story of upward mobility doesn’t end with peace. It ends with striving for more.
So where is peace found? In being served by Jesus and in joining Jesus to serve others.