Mark 10:32-52; 2 Samuel 24; Hosea 4:1-11a
All of us would like to be considered “great.” Think about the ego trip it would be to walk into a restaurant and have everyone know our name and offer to buy us dinner. What would it be like to walk down the street and have people asking us for autographs as we walked? Imagine having to hire bodyguards to keep the paparazzi away so that we could have some private time. Perhaps the burdens of being “great” are a little much and seem to be overwhelming when we really think about it. Jesus, however, shows us another way – the way to true greatness. “Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45)Jesus came as a suffering Messiah. His greatness is shown in His service. He rejected society’s definition of greatness and substituted heaven’s definition of greatness: servanthood. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that those who follow Christ want to be considered “great” in the eyes of God. The process isn’t that hard, but no one will be buying us dinner, asking for autographs or seeking to take our pictures; all we have to do is serve others. As long as our ego doesn’t get in the way, it’s a piece of cake.
Lord, You could have stayed in Heaven and enjoyed the splendor and the beauty there. Instead, You came down from Heaven and chose to serve as You walked on this earth. Your final act of service was to die on the cross to pay the penalty for sin. Give me the heart to serve others as You would today.