Abundant Grace Fellowship Church, Blanco, TX
Mar 9:33-35 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. Mar 10:42-45 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. 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.
The disciples were caught arguing about which one of them would be 2nd in command to Jesus when He overthrew the Roman occupation and set up the Messianic Kingdom (this is how they thought at the time). However, Jesus told them they completely missed the boat. If they really wanted to be great, they must make themselves servants to all. It’s the same Word for us today. Humble yourself, and let God be the one who exalts you. The apostle Paul said that he made himself a servant to all men (1Cor 9:19). Jesus said when we do something for the least of our brethren, we are doing it unto Him (Mt 25:40), and we should do all unto Him (Col 3:17, 23).
Positionally and legally, we are not servants, but rather friends and children of God through faith In Jesus Christ and His shed blood (Jn 15:15, Gal 4:6-7). Yet our heart should be that of a servant. Many of the New Testament Epistles start out with “So and so, a servant of God”. The apostles knew that they were sons and friends; but they had a servants heart. This is good and Godly. Truly, children should have this heart towards their parents. Although they are legally sons and daughters, they should desire to be servants of their parents out of respect and honor for them. This is a commandment with promise (Eph 6:1-3).
Of course Jesus is our greatest example of being a servant. If anyone ever deserved to be waited on, which is what the Greek word diakonos, or servant means, it was Jesus. Yet He gave us example to serve one another. Joh 13:3-5, 12-14 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; (4) He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. (5) After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded…… (12) So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? (13) Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. (14) If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. Some other Scriptures include: Phip 2:1-11, Rom 15:1-3, & 2Cor 8:9.
We need to practice serving our wives and husbands; serving our parents and children; serving our employees and employers; serving our church; and most importantly, serving God Almighty. A lot of our problems would shrink down to nothing if we would follow Jesus’ example and “wash each others feet”. Are you married to serve or be served? Do you go to work to serve or be served? Do you go to church to serve or be served? We don’t want to be the servants described in Luke 12:45-48. We want to be the servant spoken to by Jesus in Luke 12:42-44 and Matthew 25:21, 23. Jesus was the greatest servant of all, and now He is exalted the greatest King of all. May we follow His example, and let God exalt us in due season. I pray this has helped you, and blessings be upon you in Christ Jesus our Lord. Until next time, rejoice in the Lord! (Phi 4:4)