“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” (Mark 10:44)
Do you think FIRST of others in any situations? Come to think about it, even in the smallest of things, who is the first person you look for when you look at a group photo that included you?
In normal circumstances, humans are self-seeking and self-centered. We always wanted to be the first. The world teaches us that the one who has the authority, power and wealth, people will give them the respect and honor. It is the position that everyone wants to be in.
We usually think that those who are powerful or strong will last, but that is not in accordance with God’s view. We may be influenced by the patterns of this world but the world cannot give us life and eternal value.
The perspective of God’s Kingdom teaches us a paradox, a truth that seems to contradict one another. What defines true greatness? True greatness is the one who serves. When we think about our mothers, they are always in a position of serving. They serve with a humble and loving heart without any consideration of themselves, nor do they expect any appreciation from others. Through their loving action, everyone in the family has their individual needs met.
Such a mother’s heart of serving is what the Bible tells us to imitate. Jesus Christ was the One who stooped down and lowered Himself to serve us. Self-lowering and self-denial do not come from us. In order to live them out, we have to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit.
The names of the people that are recorded in the history of God are those who serve others. Let us be one of them.