But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 “It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

We tend to define greatness in the world according to those who have everything at their fingertips. They have “arrived,” so to speak, and do not typically need to serve others but ought to be served by them. But Jesus redefined greatness for those who would follow Him. His definition of greatness is quite different.

Everything about the gospel is counter-cultural. That’s why we must not conform to the pattern of the world but allow God’s Spirit to transform our minds (Rom. 12:2). Jesus gave us this example. He saw us, served us, and gave Himself as a sacrifice for us. His service to us is all the motivation we need to serve others.

There are countless informal opportunities for us to meet the needs of people in our church and community every day. Offer to watch someone’s kids for a night. Take food to someone who is going through a difficult time. Mow someone’s yard. Give someone a ride to church. Serve unconditionally and tangibly, not as an item to check off your list, but as a lifestyle of loving God and people like Jesus did.

  • Jesus perfectly modeled the true standard of kingdom greatness. No one is greater than He is, yet He came to serve. What are some attitudes and obstacles that keep us from serving God and people?
  • In what relationship or situation do you need to hear Jesus say, “It is not this way among you,” that you might serve others?
  • Thank Jesus, the Lord and Ruler over everything, who came to the world as a humble servant so that you might be saved. Ask Him to help you live humbly as He did, looking for opportunities each day to serve and meet the needs of other people.