40 days of Service Blog
March 1, 2017, 8:24 AM

The Purpose of Service

40 Days of Service is a devotional for the Season of Lent. It is the purpose of this devotional to remind us of our role as a Servant. The role of a servant is not a role that many are willing to embrace. Leonard Bernstein, the late conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, was once asked to name the most difficult instrument to play. Without hesitation, he replied: “The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinist, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm – that’s a problem; and if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony.”

After Jesus was baptized he was led by the Spirit of God into the wilderness, where he fasted for forty days and forty nights. Those forty days were transformational in the life and ministry of Jesus. For forty days, the devil tempted Jesus. The temptations centered around the nature of who Jesus was. The devil would begin his temptations with, “If you are the Son of God.” Like father, like son. If Jesus was the Son of God then he should not be in the wilderness fasting, but rather he should be in a palace feasting on the best the land provides.

“Jesus, being in very nature God…made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant”. During the season of Lent, we reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus, but we also strive to live our lives the way that Jesus lived his life. He gave us the example of a servant’s heart, and my prayer these next 40 days is that God will give us a servant’s heart. 


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