Happy Monday! On Friday we read about the mother of James and John, and her request to Jesus on behalf of her sons. Today, we will finish our reading on this request and Jesus’ response. Enjoy today’s reading and your day.
“24 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” – Matthew 20:24-28 NLT
Key points in these verses are:
- “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” v.26
- “Whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.” v.27
Jesus was the greatest example of a leader and servant. While he lead, he took time to teach. While he corrected and rebuked, he offered love and showed compassion. While being persecuted by religious leaders and teachers, and was ridiculed by others, Jesus remained focused on the mission and He served the people.
Sisters and brothers, the Lord is calling us to be Christian leaders in the world, but not of the world. He’s calling us to show others, through our relationship with Him to serve in ways that will bring glory to Him.
How will you serve the Lord today, at work, in your home, at school, in your marriage, in your singleness, with your family or in the decisions you must make? _______
Father God, you are amazing. You are so gracious and loving, that even when we are self-seeking you remind us to be kingdom-seekers. Lord, as we seek to live a life that pleases you, help us to remain focused on the mission. Lord, help us to do what is right in your eyes. Lord, wherever you lead us today, help us to be servant leaders. Help us to see things as you see them and react in a way that pleases you. Lord, as many of us return back to school and work, keep us focused on you, help us to breathe in you before we respond to things negatively. Lord, wherever you want to change us this year, we are ready – have your way. Work in us so that we may become better servant leaders and followers of your word. Lord, change us. In Jesus name, amen.
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