Cinema & the Arts as Sermons: "The Greatest Man is Nobody"

Video from Grasshopper

"This clip taken from the 1970's TV series "Kung Fu" is taken from the episode called "In Uncertain Bondage" from Series 2. Starring Lynda Day George as Dora, David Carradine as Caine, Radames Pera as Young Caine and Philip Ahn as Master Kan." from video introduction. Show Kung Fu : In Uncertain Bondage

"To serve and be served are one in the same."

In this episode of Kung Fu we find Godly wisdom, more than that we find a description of what Christ offered and still offers to sinful mankind.

As Christians we are called to love God and love others. Love then manifests itself in practical deeds of service which means our call to love God and love others is a call to serve.

But make no mistake serving is hard! We do not want to deny ourselves and consider the needs of others around us, placing their needs above our own. With pain we give time, money, and energy to friends, family, neighbors, and fellow church members. Service is difficult and drains us, it is time-consuming and costly.

In our lifelong process of becoming Christ-like our Lord wants us to become servants. He helps us through his Holy word in scripture and through the Person of the Holy Spirit.

Colossians 3:23-25

23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

When we learn to work only for Christ (rather than people), we become better servants of other people. It’s a paradox, like many things of faith, but true. We don’t need other peoples good opinion and we are unafraid of any bad opinion they may have. We are then free to serve them better.

To serve and be served are one in the same!

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