The Importance of Serving

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Matthew 20:25-28

This is one of the seeming contradictions in the Bible.  Jesus here tells His disciples that they should strive to serve instead of striving to “be the boss.”  This is sometimes difficult for us.  We have an innate desire to be great and to be “chief” at whatever it is we do.  If we are going to do something (or be something), we naturally want to be the best.  Bigger, stronger, faster, smarter, richer, better – that could probably be our motto.

But Jesus says here that, instead of working to raise ourselves up, we should be working to serve.  Our highest honor in life is serving Jesus, and we should strive to be the best servant possible, putting His needs and the needs of others above our own needs.

As always, Jesus is our perfect example.  “the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”  Jesus came and spent His life helping and serving others.  At the end of His earthly life, He gave His life “a ransom for many.”  In life, He served His Father and others.  In death, He served His Father and others.

Let us follow the perfect example of Jesus Himself and seek to spend our lives serving and ministering to others.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for sharing, Ben

    Let us follow the perfect example of Jesus Himself and seek to spend our lives serving and ministering to others.”
    Papa has been speaking much to me on this lately. We can do so much more than we think we can. When we allow Him to lead and guide, we are amazed at what He can do through what we surrender.

    Blessings
    ann

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    • “When we allow Him to lead and guide, we are amazed at what He can do through what we surrender.” That is so true. Following Him is always best, even if we can’t see that at first.

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  2. Ben, thank you so much for this reminder of what’s important to Him. In this world it gets so turned around and I can feel like I’m not doing enough. But if I’m serving Him and others, then it’s enough. 🙂 God bless you mightily as you serve Him today!

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