By CTA – Christ to All
The Bible tells us many things about our Lord Jesus. Creator of the universe, he died on the cross and rose again to take away our sins. One day, he will return to take us to live with him in joy forever.
Something else the Bible says is a surprise:
The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28 NLT).
Jesus is a mighty, glorious, holy King. Still, he lived on earth as a servant—a slave! He became a slave to set us free forever. God wants us to use the freedom he gave us to “serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13 NLT).
Ask the children in your care about why we serve, even when it isn’t easy. Pray that Jesus will give you—and the children you serve—servant hearts, just like his own! Then investigate ways they can serve those around them:
I can serve by . . .
- Spending time with someone who is lonely.
- Helping with cooking or cleaning up.
- Encouraging a friend.
- Earning money to buy food for the food bank.
- Being kind to a classmate.
- What else . . . ?
Jesus loved us so much that he even died for us! The Bible says that when we serve others, it’s the same as serving Jesus himself. Wow! Think of that!
Editor’s note: Today’s text is slightly adapted from the mini Ministry Message that accompanies “Jesus Served, I Serve” dog tag. To see all of CTA’s dog tags and ideas for how to use them in your ministry, visit ctain.com.