In 1955, it was 1 million. In 1963, 1 billion. In 1976, 20 billion. 1984, 50 billion. 1996, 80 billion. And on April 15, 1994, 100 billion hamburgers had been served by McDonald’s franchises all over the world. After that, they stopped counting.
That’s a lot of hamburgers. But as many and as much as McDonald’s has served, that don’t come close to setting the record for service – and they never will.
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the ultimate servant in every category. He created the universe (John 1:1). He holds it together (Hebrews 1:3). And he is our redeemer, ransoming us from the power and penalty of sin. (Mark 10:45). Every action Jesus undertook during his earthly life was motivated by a pure heart to serve – to serve His father, and to serve others. Have you received the service of Jesus in your life? It happens simply by faith – by believing that Jesus has done, and is doing, all this. The first fruit of the Christian life is gratitude for what Jesus has done for you.
At Pilgrim Covenant Church, we have recently adopted a new Mission Statement: Seeking Jesus, Serving Others.
We are moved to seek the one who laid down his life for us – we love him, because he first loved us. Seeking Jesus means to come to him, to hear his words, and to put them into practice. What it means to seek Jesus is to be like him – to set ourselves to serving others.
During his last week on earth, Jesus gave a poignant, living sermon as he got down and his knees and washed his disciples feet. And when he was finished, he simply said:
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:15-17).
Your Partner in the Gospel,
Seeking Jesus, Serving Others