“The Greatest Among You, Shall Be You Servant”
Mark 10:42-45: “But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Here in this passage Jesus is talking to his twelve disciples. James and John, if you read the whole entire chapter, had asked God to sit at the right and left of his throne. Christ answered them saying that they didn’t know what they were asking for the throne was not his to give out, but that God would give it out to who was prepared. You see John and James were stuck in the frame of entitlement much like us today. However I do not want to focus on their entitlement. What sticks out most is Christ’s comment in verse 43 when he says, “But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister”. Here he is forming a great comparison between the those in the world who have authority who flaunt their authority over those under them and those, in the kingdom of God, who have positions of authority. The word “minister” in verse 43 means “servant”. In other words, Christ is saying the great among you will be your minister. In this materialistic world we live in it is easy to lose sight of this important life lesson Christ is communicating to his disciples. The greatest example of servant hood we can adopt is that of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2: 5-8). The greatest in the eyes of Christ are those who serve others in need or those who do not know Christ. Our destiny lies in us knowing Christ in the remission of our sins and then turning around to serve someone else. There are many things that can hinder us serving others- all of them being self-inflicted. What do I mean? Pride, entitlement, materialism, spiritual blindness, and unconfessed sin. We must do away with blaming the devil for everything when we are choosing to dwell in these mindsets. The only way these barriers can be done away is to possess the mind of Christ. The greatest thing you could ever be in this world is a Servant! God bless you!
Min. Kenneth Scott, Jr.
Victorious Faith Christian Center