“What have you done for me lately?”
Ever heard this question? When I think about the plethora of religious leaders throughout history, I think of this question. Here were people like you and I trying to guide other humans towards God or some spiritual path. The bottom line is usually the same. Do this, do that and these will be the results. It all comes down basically to a “spiritual” self helps system. Not so with Jesus! Here is God’s anointed Servant. He did all the work to bring us to God. In biblical terms it is called grace. God’s undeserved love demonstrated in the redeeming work of Christ on the cross. If you have received the redeeming work of Jesus, then you probably are experiencing what He has done for you lately! His work keeps going on because His resurrected life is being lived out through us. Paul articulated this clearly in his letter to the Galatians. He says, “ I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20. Our responsibility can be summarized as letting go of our own efforts and trusting God to work through us. This really hits home this week! I am tired, a little overworked and my prayer is, “ God give me the strength to do your work through me.” I am so thankful for the Servant’s work for me. I am reminded of Isaiah 42. The Servant will deal with us tenderly. A bruised reed he will not break and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. Thank you Jesus for what you have done for me lately!