Thought for the week 17 November 2019

Australian Mothers Union

Servanthood

In the old days a servant had an awful life. The worst would be the ‘eyes down’, then to do your work with no attention paid to YOU at all, as if you were a robot, or an animal and probably the dogs and horses were better treated, especially in Britain! You didn’t own anything, have an opinion or feelings. If you were abused by the men of the house, you ended up disgraced and in the poorhouse or dying in childbirth. What was Jesus thinking? But then the Cross was what he was thinking; not honours for services to the community.

But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. Mark 10: 43-45

Members in Iraq don’t have to look far to find those to serve. The destabilisation of the country and civil unrest has produced orphans, displaced families and widows. In Baghdad 1% of the population is Christian but members are tirelessly helping the poorest, and children to know the love of God. Praise the Lord.