Today in America, we remember the military men & women who have served our country along with those who have given their lives to defend liberty & freedom. Today, along with the 4th of July (our Independence Day), are very significant holidays for our country & it is very fitting & appropriate to honor people who serve. Whatever your political affiliations or beliefs may be, if we are devoted to Jesus’ teachings than we share a fundamental value that serving others is important. So happy Memorial Day & lets endeavor to remember to serve others 🙂
The other day I read Mark 16:12, “After that, He appeared to them in a different from, to two of them while they were talking along their way to the country.” This verse is after Jesus was resurrected & it was really powerful to me for lots of different reasons. I think that many times we think of Jesus with certain expectations, often laced with religious overtones. In my life, however, I’ve seen & experienced Jesus in many different forms & not only with my normal expectations. Recently, I was in Cambodia with Saving Moses and our nightcare work. We had visited a really bad slum & I was very overwhelmed from this visit. When I mentioned my struggle with the slum to a friend, she encouraged me by saying, “The slum is exactly the type of place that Jesus would go to.” This reminded me of the verse where Jesus says, “If you do this to the least of these, you do this to Me” pertaining to how we treat the poor, prisoners, etc.
So my take away is this – in our lives, Jesus shows up in many different forms in our lives, so let’s keep our eyes peeled on how we can best serve Jesus! 🙂