To serve or be served

…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 of us whether we mean to or not seek power, greatness and authority. This can take many forms, we might wish to be respected in our workplace for our knowledge or skills, we might want to be someone who others look up to because of our kindness or lifestyle.

We seek the best things in life so that people will look at us as classy or well cultured. Even in churches we can desire to be the best behaved or most informed so that others will look to us. Many of us desire power, greatness and enjoy authority.

Warren Wiersbe once stated “The key to greatness is not found in position or power, but in character. We get a throne by paying with our lives, not by praying with our lips.”

Nowhere is this better highlighted than in Jesus and his character. While Jesus said wise things, and could have at any point rightfully claimed his throne, he chose instead, to humble himself before God and men, serving them with all he had including his own life. Jesus did not seek power or authority but only sought to serve others. His greatness comes not by his ability to seek and take power but his desire to serve.
Jesus serves as a model for all of us in life. Rather than seeking ways to improve the way others look at us we should seek instead ways to serve others regardless of how it makes us look.

…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

Tim