He came to serve
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 23:28
It is pretty amazing that Jesus, the King of all kings, didn’t come to the world to be served by His people or any other people for that matter. He came to serve us. It makes sense though, the reason God sent Him was to rescue us all from the grip of sin. It is pretty evident in today’s text when James and John are trying to get into first place. Jesus had just told all the disciples in verse 16 of chapters 20 that the last will be first and the first last. Were they not listening or were they just sure that someone was going to get that position and wanted to have first option? In all fairness, it was their mother that went to Jesus to try to get them into position, but they were right there ready to answer the questions and be granted the request.
This reminds me of how our society is today. Always looking out for number one and trying to climb the ladder of success no matter who you have to step on as you climb up. Jesus said this is what the rulers of the gentiles do. They hold their position of authority over everyone to try to keep them under control and get them to do exactly what they desire.
Thank goodness it’s not that way with our loving heavenly Father. He does not want us to be competing with one another trying to be the greatest at anything. He wants us to be submitted to one another and serving each other. In this way we complement each other’s strengths and work together to get God’s plans and agenda accomplished in these last days. Instead of vying for position and trying to be the GOAT, we work as a team/body. Each one of us doing our own part, the things we are gifted in. Never considering that we could do someone else’s part better than they do. We stay in our lane and let God’s grace make up the difference where we are lacking.
Today, this is what I want to encourage you: To get in the place where you can start using your gifts to bring others into the kingdom. You will start out small, but that is ok. Be faithful in that area until God opens the next door of opportunity for you. Keep a serving mindset. Remember that you are here to serve and bless others, not other here for you. Prefer others above yourself and offer to help when opportunities present themselves. Promote others and always be trying to help them step up in their place. There is no competition in the kingdom of heaven. Just God’s family working together in agreement to rescue as many that are lost that we can in these last days. God is not interested in how good you are at something, He is interested in how much you are determined to fulfil your purpose and love on others.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 20:17-28
17 Now Jesus, going up to Jerusalem, took the twelve disciples aside on the road and said to them,
18 “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death,
19 and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”
20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.
21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.”
22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.”
23 So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.”
24 And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers.
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”