DAY 84 - Whoever Would Become Great Must Be A Servant

Am I intentionally humbling myself to serve others with the unique gifts God has given me?

20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.  21  "What is it you want?" he asked. She said, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom."  22  "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered.  23  Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father." 24  When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.  25  Jesus called them together and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." - Matthew 20:20-28

Insight

Human nature and the world say, “If you want to be great, you must strive to become great by getting ahead of others.”  Jesus gave us a living example of the exact opposite approach.  He demonstrated that we become great when we become nothing, and when we lower ourselves to serve others in His name.  Jesus came to give His life, not to find it or to make it great, and so should we.  We resist this idea in our human nature, but the Spirit beckons us to come this way—the way of supreme happiness.  Those who choose to obey and serve, discover the secret of Christ’s peace, joy, and fulfillment.  Spirit-empowered service in your area of gifting brings joy and fulfillment, not weariness.  I have often became discouraged in the past when I compared what others have done, to what I am doing or have not yet done.  Today, I enjoy the peace of running my own race, as uniquely given to me by the Master.  You are wise to do the same.