suffering servant

One of the things that is hardest for me to accept about the Christian walk is the truth of being a servant, a suffering servant at that. This grates against my natural tendencies to want the easy life and power, to be a somebody that people look up to and respect. I don’t crave to be someone who is not noticed and appreciated, to be undervalued by society and my peers despite (and maybe especially because) of doing the right thing.Yes this is hard truth.

A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.

1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

It’s just not on my natural game plan, I don’t want pain or suffering,I don’t want servanthood.
Yet its the way things are to be done, the way Jesus lived it so we Christians are to follow as well.


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