by Elisa Moore
Luke 22:24-27-Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people’. But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.
“But among you it will be different.”
At the time Jesus spoke these words, it wasn’t true of the disciples. They were again arguing over who was the greatest. I’m sure servanthood was not on their minds. But as Jesus points out, the world’s definition of greatness and God’s definition are different. “Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank.” Jesus came as a servant. A suffering servant. God came to earth in the form of a human and served us. God. Served. Us. “For I am among you as one who serves.”
So is it different? Are we different? Do we serve with no strings attached? Do we serve those who aren’t deserving of our service? Do we serve those we dislike? Do we even serve at all? “It will be different”. When Jesus spoke these words the disciples weren’t different. Yet. But He knew what was coming. The disciples would be forever changed by their leader, who served, suffered, and died for them. And so can we! We may not have a servant’s heart now, but we can and we will!
Lord, thank you for coming to earth and serving us. Transform our hearts. Give us unconditional love and pure motives for serving those around us. May we follow your example in all things. Amen.