Matthew 20:26b-28 NIV 2011
“Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Both Matthew and Mark recorded Jesus’ words to the disciples gathered with Him. Mark 9:35, “Sitting down, Jesus called the twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.’” These are poignant words Jesus used walking toward Jerusalem and His cross. Isaiah pointed to the Servant Jesus. Isaiah 42:1, “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.” Jesus came to serve and save sinners.
Sometimes we’re so blinded by what is happening in front of us we are unaware of others that need to be served. I remember the loving way my sister and her children served our parents as they lived their final years under her care. A very few times she would call asking for help, God opened my eyes toward ways to help. She is indeed a great servant. When we take the focus off of ourselves, we release our ability to serve others. Praying God gives me His grace to serve others daily.
Where is God calling us to serve others?