WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (ESV)
SERVING OTHERS WAS MODELED BY JESUS
Eli Black was a brilliant businessman best known for two events in his life. The first event was his masterminding of the multimillion dollar takeover of the United Fruit conglomerate. It was brilliant. It was cunning. It was brutal. In the book “An American Company,” an executive described a business lunch he had with Eli Black. When the waitress brought a plate of cheese and crackers as an appetizer, Black reached out and took them. He placed them on the table, blocked them with his arms, and continued talking. The executive hadn’t eaten for hours and hinted that he would like a cracker. But Black acted as though he hadn’t heard him and went on with the business meeting.
After a while, Black placed a cracker and cheese on the tips of his fingers and continued to talk. Several moments later, Black placed the cracker on the executive’s plate and then blocked the rest as before. It was clear that Black was in charge, manipulating others as he pleased. As I said, Eli Black was known for two events. The second event was the way his life ended. He jumped to his death from the 42nd floor of the Pan Am building in New York City.
When you play “follow the leader,” check to see who is at the head of the line. Eli Black, for all his power, ended up in suicide. Jesus Christ, in all His humility, ended up the Savior of the world. Jesus came and displayed greatness by serving. We can achieve greatness by following His example. Who are the people you are following? Do they model serving? Do you need new role models?