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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

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St. John of God

Jeremiah 18:18-20
Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16
Matthew 20:17-28

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the service stations of the cross

“Such is the case with the Son of Man Who has come, not to be served by others, but to serve, to give His own life as a ransom for the many.” —Matthew 20:28

Most people recognize they have an inner desire to serve others. Millions are serving the poor, the sick, children, the elderly, the homeless, etc. At Christmas time, many people are even more conscious of their need to serve.

However, service has a tendency to get out of hand. It feels good to serve, but it also hurts to serve. For example, Jeremiah was not only unappreciated for his service to God’s people, he was even “repaid with evil” (Jer 18:20). After Jesus challenged His apostles to become servants, He called them to become the slaves of all, even to giving their lives for others (Mt 20:27-28). Thus, service for the Lord shifts from our choice to His leading, transitioning to a godly slavery and the cross of Calvary.

Therefore, although we have an inner desire to serve, we also have a strong inner desire not to serve, to limit service, to abort service before we have to suffer and die to ourselves.

Will you drink of the cup (Mt 20:22) of crucified service, and even to serve as a slave of the Lord? Will you let God’s love crucify your flesh and selfishness? (see Gal 5:24) With Jesus, come to serve (Mt 20:28). Come to the cross.

Prayer:  Father, I will serve and not count the cost.

Promise:  “Anyone among you who aspires to greatness must serve the rest.” —Mt 20:26

Praise:  St. John of God was a shepherd, a soldier, and a shepherd again before serving God and the poor.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Crucified to the World, listen to, download or order our CD 40A-3 or DVD 40A on our website.)

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