Our Lenten Devotion for Tuesday, March 29, comes to us from Steadfast Love which features reflections and prayers by Ed Arle and Gil Duchow with inspiration from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen.
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV
“Saved to Serve”
“The Lord became flesh so as to wash my tired feet. He touches me precisely where I touch the soil, where earth connects with my body that reaches out to heaven. He kneels and takes my feet in his hands and washes them. Then he looks up at me and, as his eyes and mine meet, he says: “Do you understand what I have done to you? If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you must wash your brothers’ and sisters’ feet” (John 13:13-14.)
(from Walk with Jesus by Henri J.M. Nouwen, page 5Henri)
The Word became flesh not only to save us from the consequences of our hopelessly flawed human nature. Jesus also came to serve us – cleansing our soiled hearts, renewing our troubled minds and refreshing our weary spirits. Jesus washed his disciples’ soiled feet as an example for all of his followers. Our role and goal in life is not to be served but to live as servants of one another.
In Ephesians 2:8-10, St. Paul uses three prepositions to make clear that we are saved by grace, through faith for a purpose – for doing the good works which God has prepared for us to do. Putting our faith into action is not some chore we are to perform now and then. It is to be our way of life. We are saved to serve!
“Saved to Serve” reminds me of the benediction that Pastor Anthony offers each week: “Know that you are a Blessing from God. Now go and be a Blessing”
Compassionate Lord, empower us to follow your example of servanthood, never shrinking from the lowliest task, as we humbly serve others in your name. Amen.