“Who Do You Think You Are?” Week 4: Our Identity as Servants of Christ.

Dear brothers and sisters,

This is our final week of our September series, in which we’ve been talking about the various ways in which we shape our own identity, and more importantly, how God shapes our identity, and how over the course of our lives we need to be switching from how we come to define ourselves, to God’s view of us. We’ve talked about basic truths: how we are chosen, how we are beloved, and how we are disciples or friends of Christ. In the final week of this series, we will look how God calls us to be a servant. Jesus did a lot of serving, and you probably familiar with what he says about service: “For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). If you think about it, Jesus didn’t have to come to this world as a servant. As the Son of God, he could have ruled in a position of power over the whole world, but instead, he chose to serve – he actually flipped his role and identity on its head. He did so because he wants the best for us.

As disciples of Christ, we all want to grow to be like Jesus. We want to identify ourselves as Christ did – as servants. Maybe we don’t realize it, but we serve all the time: perhaps because it is our job, or perhaps out of obligation or responsibility, for example as a parent over our children. A lot of times, we see the “domino effect” of this service; hopefully you get to see your efforts as parents pay off, as your children grow and mature. Sometimes, we serve because we want to, and we go out of our way in order to serve. If we are honest, however, this desire to serve might be borne out of our desire for positive affirmation, which is not necessarily a bad motivation. Ultimately, our call to serve, as Jesus served, is not meant to be from any kind of self-interest. Having an attitude of Christian servanthood, means “flipping the script” on our focus, instead of finding our motivation from what we get out of it, but instead focused outward, on the needs of the people around us. Serving in the name of Christ is simply loving other people, no matter the cost, and not looking for any reward whatsoever. It can be as simple as loving and investing in any person around you right now. In return, God will indeed reward and bless us – but his promise of blessing is not our primary motivation. Mother Theresa said very simply: “If we pray, we will believe. If we believe, we will love. If we love, we will serve.” This sums up the path of discipleship, doesn’t it? Questions for Small Groups:

1. When have you experienced really good service? What made it good?

2. Why do you think God calls us to be servants? Why is it in our best interest to identify as a servant?

3. Name some of your gifts, talents and skill. How can you use them to serve others?

4. What are the roadblocks that keep you from using your gifts and talents to serve others?

5. Read aloud Mark 10:45. What does Jesus say about his identity as a servant?

6. What is one action step you can take this week to assume the role of servant?

With blessings,

Fr. Reichlen

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