The motto of all His beautiful years
(J. R. Miller, "In Green Pastures" 1890)
"For the Son of Man did not come to be served—but
to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
The life of Jesus Christ, was the noblest life ever lived.
No earthly king ever attained such splendid, such real
royalty—as did He. No hero on battle-field ever did
deeds of such inherent greatness—as those wrought
by the hands of the Carpenter of Nazareth!
What was the ruling spirit of His life? Was it not service?
"Not to be served—but to serve"—was the motto of all
His beautiful years. He lived wholly for others. He
never had one thought for Himself, never did the smallest
act for Himself. At last He poured out His very blood—in
the greatest of all His acts of service.
Shall we not learn from our Lord's example—that the
truest life in this world, is one of self-forgetting love?
Selfishness anywhere mars and spoils the beauty of
the rarest deed. We must get the spirit of Christ—and
then our lives shall be Christ-like.
"Leaving you an example, so that you should follow
in His steps." 1 Peter 2:21