HOST: Ron House
A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
After all of their time with Jesus, and all the teaching and training that they had received from Him, there is still a somewhat selfish spirit displayed by the apostles. I see this as a testament to the propensity of our human bodies and minds toward fleshly desires. It is also no doubt the product of Satan’s work to produce strife and division among Jesus’ closest followers. The desire to be great is a powerful one—one that has led many away from God and into sin. But Jesus teaches His apostles, and us, that true greatness is not what the world defines as greatness. To be great in the eyes of God is to be a servant. Humility and submission are qualities that God prefers and in fact commands of His people. For those who are willing to submit humbly to God and to be servants to those around them, God will exalt in His heavenly kingdom and allow to share in all the wondrous glory of that eternal home. May we always choose to be faithful servants to God over the temporary greatness this world might offer.
Why does God desire for us to be servants?
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