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Devotional - week of March 27, 2005


BORN TO SERVE—RAISED TO SERVE

the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.  Matthew 20:28

… He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.  Hebrews 7:25

Jesus told His followers that “He had come not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” We are convinced of His passion to serve others as we read the four Gospels. Simon Peter testified in Acts 10:38:

 … God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good.

Jesus is now our resurrected Lord. Yet His spirit of service has never ceased. Hebrews 7:25 teaches that Jesus is now praying for the Christian growth of all believers.

In His great prayer recorded in John 17, Jesus prayed for the sanctification of believers. That is His prayer of intercession now. Sanctification is Christian growth. Sanctification is being more and more available to God.

It is a very sobering thought to know that throughout our Christian lives Jesus has been praying that we will grow as believers—that we will be more and more available to the Father.

Those of us who understand and experience our oneness with Jesus, in His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, know that our real growth as believers began when God gave us the knowledge and experience of that oneness.

In at least four ways we can respond to the realization that our resurrected Lord is now praying for us and for all believers to experience spiritual growth: (1) We can praise God for His work of intercession. (2) We can continue to experience our oneness with Christ. (3) We can join Him in prayer for all believers to experience their oneness with Christ. (4) We can tell other believers about their oneness with Christ.

What better way to remember daily our Lord’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection than by experiencing our oneness with Him and by joining Him in prayer for other believers to experience their crucifixion, burial and resurrection?