By the time you read this, I will have been your Transitional Pastor for a grand total of three weeks. I must confess that so far it has been fun! And part of the adventure has been settling in and learning my way around the Palisades. A key element of this has been joining the Y on Via De La Paz. While I was surprised to find that there are no showers, I was delighted to find that there are four large video screens set up for those of us who use the aerobic machines.
So…while pumping away on my favorite elliptical trainer, I found myself fascinated the other day by the two-man bobsled competition at the Winter Olympics. Especially, I found myself reflecting on the second man, the man in the back – who hops in the back and keeps his head down all the way. I was wondering specifically if this might be something of an image of the Christian life: shooting through life with Jesus, hurtling into territory we can’t really see – trusting in He who is the Pilot to see us safely to the end, with the promise of sharing in his victory when all is said and done. And I do think that image fits.
But then moving just a bit deeper. That second man, the man in back, is truly an extraordinary fellow…for his role is entirely in the service of another. That one in back is giving up the view, the sense of being in control, so much of the thrill of the race. And I can’t help but wonder…who would be willing to do such a thing? Who would be willing to give up so much in service to another. And then I realize, that Jesus has done this effectively for us. He gave up his life (see Philippians 2:6-8) in service to us. He did not come to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28)…and calls us to live the same way.
Therefore as we move into the final days of the broadcast, and step away from the spectacle of Olympic glory for two more years (until Tokyo in the summer of 2020) – this is a time to reflect on what real glory means as we follow in the way of our Lord.
And…just in case…you’re looking for an opportunity to serve…we still need a few to sign up to bring soup, salad, or bread for our Maundy Thursday supper at 6:00 PM on March 29. Look for the yellow clip board in the courtyard after worship this week!
As you, I seek to continue…
In His Service,