The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Matthew 20: 28

Many rulers have come into this world with a view to holding onto power once they get it. Never mind all the nice platitudes of serving people when you actually look at how they ruled you can clearly see they were about keeping power to themselves. Whether it was Caligula, Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein or any one of a multitude of others we have no shortage of examples.

 

Then we come to Jesus who from his earliest days modelled an entirely different way to rule. He never lorded it over people, nor did he advance himself but always understood that he was serving the higher purpose of redeeming humanity, even at the cost of his own life.

 

You might think you have no power but you probably do. Amongst your family and friends, who do you influence? Around your neighbours and work colleagues who follows your lead?

 

Prayer: Father as a follower of Jesus help me to live as he lived. Help my actions, my words and my thoughts, serve your Kingdom.

 

Action: Consider carefully who you influence and how you influence them.

 

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