But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 23:11 (NKJV)
Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
Matthew 20:26 (NKJV)
Bible In A Year Reading Plan
1 Corinthians 6-11
Matthew 23:11 (NLT) — The greatest among you must be a servant.
Mateo 20:26 (NLT) — But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,
One of the greatest lessons we have from our Lord Jesus Christ is servant hood. Jesus desired for his disciples to live a life of service and surrender to one another. In a culture where the leaders would dominate and rule over the people, Jesus taught them the complete opposite, “servant hood”. Jesus not only exhorted them by asking them to come to this lifestyle, but he also modeled it. His walk and conduct continually was about service and surrender. Jesus even washed the feet of his disciples in the posture of a servant, and he then expected the same from them, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15 NKJV).
Today we must examine our lives and see if we have the signs of a servant in our lives. Are we really looking to serve? Or are we looking to be served? It’s a question we all must ask ourselves if we desire to see maturity and growth in our lives. A lesson I’ve come to learn through the years is that the higher you go in leadership, the more service is required! Till this day my prayer has been, Lord that my servant’s heart may grow, because there is no greater joy than to serve others. We understand that on occasions it’s not easy, but it brings an incomparable satisfaction to our lives.
Let us pray this morning that we never lose our heart to serve others. That we may never forget that the greatest calling we can have in life is to serve. This year we must make a decision to better serve The Lord, the church, and our neighbor. That we may model servant hood in all that we do. Always remember that before Gods eyes he who serves the most, is the greatest of them all. Do we want to be the greatest? Then the only path, which many times is a lonely path, God calls us to serve!
Mark 10:44 (NKJV) — And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.
John 13:14–15 (NKJV) — If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
1 Corinthians 9:19 (NKJV) — For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;
Galatians 5:13 (NKJV) — For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Philippians 2:3 (NKJV) — Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
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