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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries


May 11, 2009

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But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:43-45

Jiminy Cricket used to sing about wishing upon a star.

Nowadays, it seems it's the stars that do the wishing. That's the story according to ABC News. Stars, that is, the famous folk among us, wish for a lot of things:

  • Madonna wanted eight full-length mirrors in her dressing room.
  • When she's performing, Mariah Carey wants a special attendant in her dressing room. The attendant's job is to dispose of Mariah's chewing gum. Mariah also wants a puppy and some kittens.
  • Prince wants an all-black hotel room, black M&M's® machines and "all items in the dressing room must be wrapped in clear plastic until uncovered by Prince."
  • In contrast, Jennifer Lopez used to demand a 40-foot trailer all in white: white flowers, drapes, candles, couches, etc.

    I could go on. I won't.

    What a contrast there is between the stars of today and the Savior of eternity.

    Lest anyone not see the difference, I encourage him or her to look at the Savior who said He hadn't been born to be waited on hand and foot. No, He entered this world so He might serve and give His life as a ransom for our salvation.

    Indeed, every moment of Jesus' life was spent giving to others, not taking from them. Every day He lived was dedicated to making sure all of us might be forgiven of our sins and invited to live with Him in heaven.

    In short, stars make demands; the Savior gives Himself. You don't have to be brilliant to see which of the two ought to be followed, worshiped, and adored.

    THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, You have given Your all so we might be adopted into the family of faith. Now, send Your Holy Spirit upon the world so all may see the brilliance of Your love, observe Your caring, and so might be saved. In Your Name. Amen.

    In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

    Pastor Ken Klaus
    Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
    Lutheran Hour Ministries

    Today's Bible Readings: 2 Samuel 8-9    Psalms 60    John 2

  • Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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