by Randy Chambers, 2014-09-17
Mark 10:42-45, NIV: Jesus called them together and said, "You
know that those who are regarded as 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 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."
How well we respond to being served, may say as much about us as how well we
serve others. Throughout life, most of us will find ourselves in a situation
wherein we are the ones being served. For instance, when ordering food in a
restaurant, how should I treat the person who is waiting on me? Do I have the
right to treat that person as a lesser person than myself? Do I deserve to be
“King for a day,” as though I have the right to have my demands met immediately?
Consider Jesus, the Son of God, yet stooping to wash the feet of men. He served
others gladly and with genuineness. He maintained perspective so that when
others served Him, He did not look down on them, but loved them and lifted them
up. The selfish part of who we are desires to be served, and be esteemed as
worthy of such service. Yet Christ in us would seek to serve others—even those
whose job it would seem is to serve us.