The society in which we live suggests in countless ways that the way to go is up. Making it to the top, entering the limelight, breaking the record—that’s what draws attention, gets us on the front page of the newspaper, and offers us the rewards of money and fame.

The way of Jesus is radically different. It is the way not of upward mobility but of downward mobility. It is going to the bottom, staying behind the sets, and choosing the last place!

-Henri Nouwen 


For some us, our stage is a stage—while others of us have been hand selected to serve behind the scenes and unseen enemy lines.  Either way, the thing that every last one of us has been called to do is to serve others. 

My dad’s pals down at the local homeless shelter or my mom’s friends over at the crisis pregnancy center who are slaving away for Jesus aren’t doing what they do to make a name for themselves—and they are doing a pretty good job of remaining undecorated.  These folks could surely go out and do a better job of selling and raising more money.  They could certainly put on quite a show considering just what it is that they do.  The beauty is that neither is doing what they do for money or fame.  The folks I know who serve Jesus best don’t do it for monetary or temporal purposes—they are serving Jesus and making a name or a fortune for themselves isn’t on their list of things to accomplish.  

Then those ’sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’    (Matthew 25:37-40, The Message Bible)

It could be pointed out that while Mother Teresa’s life as a servant has been held up as model to follow, thousands of others like her have served the destitute and gone practically unnoticed by a good majority of us  self-enamored  Americans while Jesus hasn’t missed a thing. 

How could he?

It’s Jesus they have been waiting on all along.