When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the 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 your slave Matthew 20 v 24 – 27
“The person who labours most diligently and suffers most patiently, seeking to do good to their brethren – they most resemble Christ. They will be most honoured by him through all eternity.” (Spugeon)
Among his followers there were some whose desire for position and status were at odds with the nature of Jesus himself. He shunned status, money and popularity as traits of leadership. Humble service was the shining example that was his ministry.
Real ministry is done for the benefit of those ministered to, not for the benefit of the minister.
He did not come among us to be served, but to serve
During this Pandemic, in hospitals throughout the world, there have been many instances in which senior medical specialists have put their senior positions aside to work within teams in caring for patients, doing the lowliest but essential jobs – sharing the dangers regardless of the risks. All working for the good of their community.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me not to wait for others to undertake tasks that I feel below me. Let me feel the wonder that comes from serving others.
Action: Seek out ways to be willing givers of service to others .