18th March 2013

An Attitude Of Service

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave.”
Matthew 20:26-27 (NIV)

We think of having a position of power over others as success. We feel we must get as much as we can and gain the top positions. This was also true of Jesus’ disciples, some of whom felt they deserved a higher position than the others.

Jesus had just told them that he was going to Jerusalem where he would be arrested, mocked, beaten and crucified. The disciples then had a heated discussion as to who would be the greatest in God’s kingdom. Some of them wanted the best and highest positions so that they would be glorified.

Jesus then revealed that the greatest position is to be a greatest servant, which is the opposite way to how we normally see things.  Jesus set the example at the Last Supper, one record of which is in John, chapter13. He showed himself to be a servant by washing the disciples’ feet; a job usually done by the lowest household servants.

As followers of Jesus we are to develop the same attitude of service. With this attitude towards service, when we are given the opportunity to take a higher position, we will see it as a greater opportunity to serve others.

Father, thank you for showing us how to achieve true greatness. Help us to develop an attitude of service towards others as Jesus has commanded.

Study by David Boardman

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