Brunch is my ALL time favorite meal. Being served a really good brunch has to be one of my love languages- shout out to my friend Angeleah who can make a mean array of breakfast items! As I've read the scriptures that speak of Jesus' interaction with His disciples after His resurrection, it caught me off guard when one day Jesus just showed up after dying for their sins and straight up serves them breakfast.
"When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, 'Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.' So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, 'Come and have breakfast.' Now none of the disciples dared ask him, 'Who are you?' They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. " John 21:9-14
After facing death and being denied by the disciples, Christ continued to extend grace, He continued to love, He continued to walk side by side them. He did NOT show up and say, "Put me in a chariot and cater to me." Instead, He served them food and ate along side them.
"even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
As we look to the example of Christ, the One who's character is to give of Himself even without anything in return, would we say that our heart reflects the same motives? Do we look to serve before we are served by others? If you are in a position of leadership, do you view this role as an opportunity to selflessly serve others or to be served by those you lead? Do you look to give so that you'll be recognized or receive something else in return? Do you serve for the approval of a leader or a community that you want to fit into?
Seeking temporary fame to make a name for ourselves on earth is not what we are called to. Our lives are to be lived out for the glory of the one who gave up His. Reflecting our Savior by giving ourselves to others not just in the good times but in the really hard times as well- invests in something MUCH greater than ourselves, something that lasts- the eternal Kingdom of God.