What we learn from the Bible is that the Son of God did not come into this world as a human being to be served, but to serve. He did not call His disciples to rule over others, but to assume a life of sacrificial caring for the needs of others. The process of spiritual growth as a Christian disciple and as a fellowship of believers is, therefore, to embrace the work of Jesus Christ—to minister with compassion in His Name. Loving and Learning leads to Caring.
“For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
“Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” John 21:16
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40
“The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” Luke 22:26
“Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13
Because God loves us, we spend our lives as maturing Christians Loving God and those whom God loves, even those who are not yet a part of the Christian fellowship. Because we are Learning about God’s nature and His will, we know that God wants everyone He loves connected to Him, as we are connected. Because we have joined our Lord in a life of Caring for the needs of others, we desire with God that everyone share with us this joy.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.