March 2, 2011 by bobet888
For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Service comes naturally to Christians once they begin to appreciate all that has been done for them. As our love for the Christ grows deeper our desire to serve him rises too. It is a natural maturing of our faith that we seek to imitate our Lord in all ways. As he loved and served so we love and serve; we do things that put others first even at discomfort and inconvenience to ourselves.
Bryant Evans’ “to serve…not to be served”
There is one sure way to destroy an organization – dictatorship. If every leader of any nation reconciles with the standards of leadership Jesus has set, then there will be no rebellion, no uprising, no civil wars, no blood will be shed, no lives will be lost. History teaches us that the amount of greatness of a leader is measured by the quality of his servitude to his nation and its people. Today’s gospel speaks of a timely message, the recent events in Egypt and Libya are showcases of leaderships gone bad.
Personal experiences have shown me that the most effective way to extract cooperation is to start the action instead of dictating it. No great task is ever achieved by a leader who only knows one thing – barking orders. The sweetest accomplishment of a group can only be realized when a leader show the way by good examples and the right attitude in giving service.
Lord Jesus, thank you for reminding me today that the only way to seek greatness in God’s kingdom is through servitude to Him and to his people. Remind me always that an opportunity for leadership is not a way to exalt myself but rather, it is God’s way of making me more humble and an opportunity to willingly offer more of my life to him. Amen.