Serve. Day 32 of Lent. The Story continues.
Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf was a German, born in 1700, who founded a community of earnest Christians called Herrnhut-“The Lord’s Watch”. The community became part of the Moravian Church and was best known for its unparalleled missionary zeal that sent out the two young missionaries in The Story from Day 31 of Lent.
In 1727 the community started a round the clock “prayer watch” that lasted unbroken for 100 years. There were about 300 persons in the community and various ones covenanted to pray for one of the 24 hours in the day. 65 years later, with the lamp of prayer still burning, the little community had sent out 300 missionaries to the unreached peoples of the West Indies, Greenland, Lapland, Turkey, and North America. They were radically dedicated to making Jesus known. Behind this community at Herrnhut there was an experience of deep humbling, and cleansing, and power based on the blood of Jesus.
In Zinzendorf early years, after he had finished university, he took a trip throughout Europe looking at some of the cultural highlights. In the art museum at Dusseldorf something life changing happened when he saw a painting by Domenico Feti entitled “Ecce Homo”-Behold the Man.
Beneath the portrait were the words,
“I have done this for you; what have you done for me?”
As he stood there, as it were, watching his Savior suffer and bleed, he said to himself, “I have loved him for a long time, but I have never actually done anything for him. From now on I will do whatever he leads me to do.”
For the rest of his life the blood of Jesus had a central place in the doctrine and devotion of Zinzendorf and his community at Herrnhut. It was this devotion to serve Christ and Zinzendorf’s passion to proclaim Him that was transferred to the two young missionaries in The Story from Day 31 that sailed to the West Indies, departing with the sacred pledge to their friends on shore, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of his suffering!”
What is the reward of Christ suffering?
The church of God.
We are not our own. We have been bought with a price. Redeemed from the wrath of God and the destination of eternal hell and given eternal life.
“Has the Lord obtained the reward of his sufferings in your life?”
Think about the blood of Jesus running down his face from the thorns, and across his scourged back, and from his pierced hands and feet and pouring from the wound in His side, are you satisfied with what Christ has of you? Or are you withholding any of the reward of his suffering? Do you rise each day and commit to live every moment so that the Great Purchaser of your soul will receive the full reward of his suffering”?
Christ came to serve. “and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matt 20:27-28
I have done this for you; what have you done for me?
This question is worth of meditation when we think of the word serve. How can we serve our Christ?
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2