Servant of All
I was on my way home from work listening to the radio and heard the dj discussing a law that Indiana is trying to pass. The law would give business owners the right to refuse services to same sex couples who are getting married, if it is against the business owners religious beliefs.
Now before you get the idea that I am for same sex marriage, let me just say that I oppose same sex marriage. It is a sin not worse than others but nonetheless still a sin against God. I didn’t make the rules they are Gods rules and He designed us and gets to make the rules.
My wonder is why we are so afraid to serve others? Is it that we are afraid people might think that we support their decision? Maybe it is that we forgot what would Jesus do? Because honestly what I see are a bunch of “Christians” who obviously need to take a look in Gods word to see exactly who it was that Jesus came to serve, teach, heal, and save.
Luke 17:11-19 On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
Jesus heals ten lepers, only one of them returns to give thanks. One recognized God as the one to have healed him and returned giving praises. The other nine got what they wanted and didn’t even stop to consider what happened and by who. Jesus healed all of them even though only one came to the knowledge of who Jesus really is. Jesus served all for the one.
John 2:1-12 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him. After this he went down to Capernaum, with his mother and his brothers and his disciples, and they stayed there for a few days.
Jesus turns water into wine at a wedding celebration. Now I know that alcohol is a touchy subject so I’m not going to go into the discussion of what is right or wrong. What I know is Jesus served others by making wine from water. Some I’m sure didn’t abuse it but as with anything else I’m sure some did, but Jesus served anyways.
I could come up with countless places in the Bible where Jesus serves and not just Christians but all saved and unsaved. Instead of debating whether or not it is right, we should be serving others and let God sort out the details. After all don’t we miss out on an opportunity to speak truth and righteousness in love into someone’s life. What do our actions say when we refuse service? I think it would be hard to get the love of Christ into someone’s life when we say I’m not accepting you because you are a sinner! Aren’t we all sinners in need of Gods Grace? I know I am without doubt.
In short Love your neighbor as yourself. Remember God didn’t refuse you service. It is not about us and what we think, it is about bringing Glory to God our Father. Perhaps with all this in mind it will make living out this verse easier! Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Remember YOU ARE LOVED now go do the same.