just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
[Matt 20:28 NET]
The art of photography is now so perfect, that the whole picture of a large newspaper can be taken in miniature so small, as to be carried in a little pendant–and yet every letter and point be perfect.
Just so, the whole life of Christ is photographed in one little phrase, “not to be served–but to serve.” He came not to be served; if this had been His aim–He would never have left heaven’s glory, where He lacked nothing, where angels praised Him and ministered unto Him. He came to serve. He went about doing good. He altogether forgot Himself. He served all he met–who would receive His service. At last He gave His life in uttermost service–giving it as a sin-atoning ransom for others. He came not to be served–but to serve.
You say you want to be like Christ. You ask Him to print His own image on your heart. Here, then is the image! It is no vague dream of perfection that we are to think of–when we ask to be made like Christ. The Catholic monks thought that they were becoming like Christ–when they went into the wilderness, away from men, to live in cold cells. But that is not what this picture suggests. “To serve“–that is the Christlike thing! Instead of fleeing away from the world–we are to live among men, to serve them, to seek to bless them, to do them good, to give our life for them!