I’ve been reflecting on that thought a lot lately. In a culture obsessed with doing the minimum necessary, it’s unexpected to find a place that’s willing to do the “most” it can for you. When I think about the example of Christ, I think about how He did the most He could, even giving up His own life to save ours.
He didn’t have to. We often forget there was an easier path for Jesus. Easier than being beaten, humiliated, and suffering death on a cross. “Do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and he will provide me here and now with more than twelve legions of angels?” Jesus said in Matthew 26:53.
Think about it. Jesus could have made quite a scene. Can you picture what Gethsemane would have been like with thousands of angels descending from on high? The crowd that had gathered to take Jesus into custody would have been no match for their heavenly power. If He had chosen that path, everyone would have known that Jesus was the Son of God, the redeemer He claimed to be. With one word, He could have silenced His accusers.
But instead, He chose to do more – he chose the path to do the very most he could – laying down His very life for you and me so we might be redeemed and experience the gift of eternal life!
With every encounter we have in the clinic, and with moms who live in The Elizabeth House, we try to follow Christ’s example. What’s the most we at Care Net can do to help this woman, man, or child experience abundant life? What’s the most I can do to be a bridge that helps people get from where they are to where God wants them to be?
Our bridges have to be sturdy enough to handle heavy burdens. When we invite people to walk over them, they need to trust in their support. Fortunately, we can “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” (Eph 6:10). We have a source of strength greater than any other.
Thanks for helping us do the most for those we are called to serve.