MONDAY, AUGUST 8
25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
SEEK TO SERVE, NOT TO BE SERVED
What a powerful passage! This scripture comes on the heels of a mother’s request for her sons to be given a seat of prominence and power in Jesus coming Kingdom. Jesus takes this opportunity to tell of His counter-cultural approach to a life of true greatness. First, Jesus describes the current rulers of this world and how they use their power, but among the people of God it would be different. In fact, he claims that the first and the greatest will be a servant and a slave. Notice how in verses 26-28 the text repeats some form of “servant” 4x. Jesus repetition is not accidental. Jesus paves a new path to greatness: service.
I’ve heard it said that you can be a fountain, or you can be a drain. A fountain gives, while a drain takes. In every arena of your life from relationships to your career, you’re either giving life or you’re taking. Jesus makes it plain in Matthew 20, the metrics of greatness are measured not by accumulation but by service and giving your life away. This is a complete reversal of popular opinion then and now. Are you a fountain or a drain?
As Jesus followers, we seek to serve, not to be served.
Who is someone who you would identify as a “fountain”? What makes you say that? Be specific.
We thank you for your Word. We pray that by your Spirit, Matthew 20:25-28 would sink deep into our hearts. O Lord, may we not use our strength for status or personal gain like the rulers of this world, but may we use what You have graciously given us to serve others. Lord, may we seek to serve today. Would you alert our minds to those opportunities and grant us the courage to say yes. We follow your example, Jesus. We pray all these things in Jesus name by the power of the Spirit. Amen.