“’What do you want me to do for you?’ He asked.” (Mark 10:36)

Those who serve are the greatest in the kingdom of God. How are you being a servant today?

James and John, two of Jesus’ disciples, had fairly high opinions of themselves; they thought they deserved to sit on either side of Jesus in heaven. When James and John asked Jesus whether this could happen, Jesus gathered His disciples around and said this:

“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 10:44-45).

Jesus was the ultimate servant. He, the very Son of God, died in our place.

He suffered so that we might be free from the chains of sin and death.

Being a servant is a challenging call; it’s dying to our own desires, our own pride, our own self-entitlement. It’s loving others as much as we love ourselves. It goes against our deepest inclination, but its rewards are great.

Dear God, we confess the times when we’ve elevated ourselves above others and lorded our power over them. We ask that You would help us be humble servants, and love others as much as we love ourselves. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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