– Yong Dae Kang, New York
What is Jesus about? He was a servant of God. He served God. He served God by serving people. He came to serve, not to be served. What does Jesus expect from us? Jesus himself said to ‘Obey one another within the words of the Lord’. God expects obedience. This would not be possible unless you no longer trust in yourself.
You can know and trust yourself to be successful while here, or as Jesus says, ‘Deny, yourself take up your cross and follow Me’. Go get nailed to a cross that you might pay the price for going to heaven to live there forever.
This is the word of God, gospel, Jesus brought to serve, to show by example. Jesus says ‘Every man is a born sinner’. How can a born sinner be rewarded? By renouncing his sinful nature and following in the footstep of Jesus. Jesus says ‘Unless you go through me, you shall in no way see the kingdom of heaven’.
Jesus says ‘Sell all that you have, give it to the needy and follow after me’. ‘You cannot worship God and money’. Either you’ll enjoy this world or enjoy heaven. Jesus says ‘Either you’re with me or against me’. He also says ‘Love your enemies’. This you cannot do unless you’ve met Jesus. You serve God by serving people, even the ones that persecute you.
No one wants to be persecuted. Nobody likes to be a servant. We would all rather be served. Apostle Paul calls himself a slave of God. He spent years as a Roman prisoner and was ultimately decapitated. Joseph, after he was thrown into a pit and sold as a slave by his own brothers, spent years in prison. Sampson, betrayed by Delilah and eyes gouged out, became a slave for the Philistines, enemies he used to kill.
We would all rather fast-forward through slavery. We would rather just celebrate that letters Paul wrote while a prisoner ended up in the Bible, that Joseph was later put in charge of Egypt, that Sampson regained his strength and with the help of Delilah, brought down the Philistine palace, ending his own life. They all became a slave in this world, a servant of God.
All this happened because of the love of God. ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.’