Kali Brandon | Director of Local Outreach
…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:1-2
What a beautiful description of our Savior and His example for us in service. One of the things that stands out to me in these verses is what Christ endured because of “the joy that was set before Him.” If we are honest, there are times when serving others is not easy, even for those who thrive doing it. However, when we look at Christ and His example, we see Him push through much more than average discomfort or selfishness because of “the joy that was set before Him.”
Following the example of Christ frees us up to serve without fear. No, it won’t always be fun, and you may not always be appreciated. However, these are not biblical reasons to serve. Whether our service be surrounded by joy or pain, fear or fearlessness, our eyes should always be fixed on Christ. He is the reason we serve, and it is in Him that our joy is ultimately found. I’m grateful to serve Him alongside my brothers and sisters here at The Chapel in Green. May we continue to remember that the “joy set before Him” is real for us as well as we seek out opportunities to serve God and others.