March 8th Lenten Devotional

Humble Servitude

Joy Heine

Mark 10:32-52

Walking down the street, I witnessed a man spit on an Asian woman. The coronavirus in full swing, he set himself apart, better than. Watching live coverage of non-violent black protestors during the civil rights movement, I watched the protesters as they were mocked and spit upon by white men, women, and children. Jesus foretells his death with the crowds at his trial mocking him, spitting upon him, and flogging him.
We all do it. Separate ourselves from another. Lifting ourselves up above and looking down upon others. We’d rather ignore this part of ourselves. Calling ourselves pure and holy, honest and fair, ignoring the negative stereotypes, thoughts, and feelings we have about others.
We forget, when Jesus was being sentenced to death, even his followers listened to the loudest voices and turned against him. Yelling crucify him! His disciples denied him. Fear to go against the mob was great! Going against the programmed messages programmed about who is great and who is not, is challenging. Even when we see truth is different than what we learned. It is hard to follow. Change is gritty. It takes work, courage, and suffering. Yet, it is the honest work we need to do as followers of Jesus.
Jesus turned the world’s values upside down and calls us to do the same. Lifting up those we’ve looked down upon. Jesus puts us in check, ensuring, we know, following Jesus is about a life of humble servitude.

Dearest God, you love us so much! You love those we’ve looked down upon as much as you love us! You know we are sinful beings, we have ignored our inner thoughts, and prideful ways, hurt our neighbors and ourselves, by the ways we separate each other.

Open our eyes and hearts to see, so we can repent, and change our sinful ways. Forgive us our sins. Bring us into your Holy Presence so we can invite others to do the same. Amen.
Joy Heine is the pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church in Gary, IN.

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