One of the more stunning statements on the lips of our Lord is found in Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Continue reading . . .
One of the more stunning statements on the lips of our Lord is found in Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
John Piper has repeatedly reminded us in his many writings that God doesn’t need you and me. He lacks nothing. There isn’t anything we can give him or do for him that he doesn’t already have by virtue of the fact that he is God. We cannot serve him as if he were needy, give to him as if he were lacking, supply him as if he were depleted, support him as if he were dependent, empower him as if he were weak, inform him as if he were ignorant, or heal him as if he were wounded.
Invariably, the person who serves is the one who is magnified. The person who serves is put on display as being generous or kind or strong or resourceful. The person who is served is revealed as weak or deficient or depleted or in distress.
Do you not see, then, that anytime you propose to “serve” God you dishonor him? To come to God as if he were needy and in lack and your service was designed to bolster him and provide for him and supply what he lacks is to draw attention to yourself. Far from glorifying God, serving God in this way demeans and dishonors and detracts from his glory.
I remember the first time I heard Piper say this. My response was immediate: “Wait a minute John! Doesn’t the Bible describe us as being the ‘servants’ of God (Rom. 1:1)? Are we not repeatedly in Scripture commanded to ‘serve’ him (Rom. 12:11; 16:18)? So, how can you sa