“The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
We usually don’t think of the greatest in our midst as being our servants, but this is what Jesus taught:
Culture teaches otherwise…
In this passage, Jesus was teaching the crowd that they should follow the lead of their religious leaders and to do whatever the leaders said, but to never do as their leaders did. This was because their leaders taught all of the right things, but lived entirely differently. They loved their lofty positions and all of the perks that came along with them.
Following Jesus is not about perks.
Following Jesus means that we are the humble servants of others to promote God’s purpose. Following Jesus means that we are willing to sacrifice for His cause; to give our all and even to suffer for His name’s sake. If we are into self-satisfaction and self-actualization, we are not following Jesus.
Following Jesus means that we get over ourselves.
Following Jesus means that it is all about Him. We like to say that Christmas should be all about Him. Let’s try celebrating Christmas by behaving like Him, and putting others first!