Submitted by Greg Karlsgodt
By Tom Colvin
Matthew 20:25-28 – Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 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 came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
This simple and yet meaningful hymn by Tom Colvin, using a folk tune from Ghana, became a favorite from the first time I sang it. The chorus, “Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love, show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you” is a wonderful prayer asking the loving, sacrificial Servant to inspire us to follow his example by caring for others as he has cared for us.
In response to a squabble his disciples were having about positions of honor, Jesus said, “…for the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Living as servants is a joyful way of saying thanks to our Lord and Savior; and it also helps do away with power struggles.
Holy Spirit, help us to sense the needs of others and do what we can to serve them in the name of Christ. In His name we pray, Amen.
These devotions were written by Immanuel members reflecting upon their favorite worship hymns and songs as part of the SONG OF GOOD NEWS! Stewardship Focus.