Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10: 43-45
When I was a sophomore in high school I auditioned and lost against an incoming freshman for one of the trombone spots in our jazz ensemble. I was older and felt confident I would be awarded the spot as the more senior player. I expected to get the reward and recognition because of who I was. How often in our life do we do a good job at work, school, a sport or even at church and expect to be rewarded? We want the pay raise, the certificate that says we did a great job, the trophy that says we were great.
In the story that preceded the verse for today, the disciples were debating among themselves who was greatest. They felt as followers they had achieved a level of greatness by being with Jesus and expected to be rewarded. Jesus basically replied, to be great isn’t about who you are, but rather what you do for others. Jesus stated that we should not expect to be served but rather we should be humble and serve others. Jesus then continues to foreshadow his death, telling them he came to serve us and was willing to give his life for the forgiveness of our sins.
Prayer: God, we ask that you continue to remind us greatness is not about a status or a position we hold, but rather it is about serving you and one another. Amen.