When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” —Mark 10:41-45

            Jesus is not only the Creator of all, the Lord of all and the Savior of all who would call on Him, but He also is the greatest model of servanthood.  Jesus came to serve. He has called His followers to serve as well.  Jesus told us that the ones who are great in His kingdom will be those who are servants.  Those who will be first among all would be servants of all.

            So, where do you and I line up as followers of Jesus?  Do we seek to serve people or do we seek to be served?  Are we like the world’s leaders who seek to exercise authority over people and “lord over them?”  The greatest leaders, from Jesus’ perspective, are servant leaders.  Jesus, of course, was the greatest Servant Leader and modeled this for His followers to live out for themselves.  Are we?

Dear Father may I be a servant for Your glory in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  Yes, may this be so!

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