THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”
Mark 10:43-44 (NIV)
CHASING GREATNESS: STRENGTH IS FOR SERVICE NOT STATUS
A man went out to a restaurant not long ago and about halfway through dinner he noticed his baked potato had big brown spots going all the way through. So, he called the waitress over and said, “Ma’am, this potato is bad.” She nodded, picked up the potato, and smacked it. Then she put it back on my plate and said, “Sir, if that potato causes any more trouble, you just let me know.”
The word used for “server” in Mark 10:43 could be an attendant; a waiter or one who serves food and drink. Jesus is not teaching that in order to be great we have to learn how to serve tables. But He is teaching that in order to achieve greatness we must have a server mentality. This is the third time in the gospel of Mark that Jesus uses an example of being last or a servant in order to be great. God’s pattern in Scripture is that a person must first be a servant before God promotes him or her to be a ruler.
Someone once said in God’s Kingdom, “You can’t give orders until you can take orders. And you can’t exercise authority until you can be under authority.” F. B. Meyer once said: “I used to think that God’s gifts were on shelves one above the other; and that the taller we grew in Christian character the easier we could reach them. I now find that God’s gifts are on shelves one beneath the other. It is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower; that we have to go down, always down, to get His best gifts.” Can you think of any of God’s gifts that you discovered when you were serving others? Ask God to show you today opportunities to experience the blessings of service.