“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 as ransom for many.”
In each of the four Gospels we find distinct accounts of the Earthly life of Christ, and a unique message about our relationship with our Savior.
Where Matthew shows us Christ as humble King lifting up His people; Mark shows us Christ as humble Servant offering Himself to and for His people.
Christ did not come seeking ways others could serve or benefit Him, instead seeking ways to be of benefit to others.
In this we find an example of how to lead our own Christian lives, and the encouragement that our God is full of grace.
In the above passage, Christ uses Himself as example to the disciples in developing the heart of a servant.
The disciples, and we modern-day believers, are told not to seek greatness above others. Christ directs us that the Heavenly measure of greatness is not who comes first, or works best; but instead the one who serves most faithfully with love. The importance of this simple message from Christ cannot be overstated. In a world that forever pushes the individual to stand out from and above the rest in achieving personal greatness; these words of Christ can offer a breath of fresh air.
True greatness isn’t found in accomplishments, it’s found in acts of love.
With this same reasoning we find the beautiful encouragements of Ephesians, Chapter 2. God does not judge our worth by our works, nor does God expect us to earn His favor through personal accomplishments. God’s grace supplies us with endless love and abounding favor, regardless of how great or small the work we do may seem. Christ gave Himself so that we could experience God’s love. God’s love then compels us to give ourselves in service to others so they can experience the same.
By offering any humble service in love for another, we more fully experience and share God’s love.