Towards the end the Gospel of Luke, we find Jesus’ disciples arguing over which one of them will be the greatest in the Kingdom. Importance is an alluring thing. People long to be important. We find this in the office. We find this in schools. We definitely find this in politics. But, unfortunately, we find this to be quite prevalent in the Church. I guess it was inevitable for this to happen in the Church as we see it start here even before Jesus’ death, resurrection, and His ascension to heaven.
Yet Jesus corrects His disciples with the following.
Luke 22:26–27 (NKJV) — 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
Jesus says if you want to see the greatest in the church, it’s not the person in the pulpit if the person in the pulpit lords his position over the church. It’s not the person leading the men’s group or the women’s group if that person likes to be important. It’s not the assistant pastors or elders or board if they want recognition. It’s none of these. If you want to see the greatest in the church, look for the person quietly serving God and looking for no recognition. Look for the person that puts everyone else before their own needs or wants. Jesus says it is the one who truly serves that is the greatest. It’s not the person receiving the service, it’s the one giving the service. Jesus himself came to serve.
Philippians 2:5–8 (NKJV) — 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Let the mind of Christ be in you. The mind of Christ is not a mind that clamors for recognition or claws for importance. The mind of Christ is not one that sacrifices righteousness to be seen as in charge in the Church. The mind of Christ is not one that seeks to please men for accolades. The mind of Christ is not one that loves to hear their own voice. The mind of Christ is not one that loves applause or the praise of people. The mind of Christ is one that is willing to give up all claim to importance and is a mind that lowers oneself down to be a slave.
Do you have this mind?
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – John 3-4
- Day 2 – John 5-6
- Day 3 – John 7-8
- Day 4 – John 9-10
- Day 5 – John 11-12
- Day 6 – John 13-15
- Day 7 – John 16-18