Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


March 4, 2013

I confess that I am a wicked, earthy indulged sinner. I like upgrades, elite status, preferred seating, luxury boxes, on and on. It's pathetic. I'm not the only one.

Not so with you. Instead, 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 20:28-30 TNIV

The famous words spoken by Jesus above, come on the heels of a helicopter mom wanting preferred status for her boys, an upgrade. Then, I believe, Jesus says two very important messages that we are prone to overlook:
"Not so with you," AND "Instead."

We live in a world about status, privilege, certainly "haves" and "have nots." Jesus says, rather than upgrade, it's downgrade...voluntarily! You want to follow me, welcome to servanthood and the back of the bus. Hmmm, hard to swallow, yes? Well, I love Jesus, and better yet, he moves me. And you too! So, let us follow him.


Dale Patterson