马太福音 20:24-28 那十个门徒听见，就恼怒他们弟兄二人。 耶稣叫了他们来，说：“你们知道外邦人有君王为主治理他们，有大臣操权管束他们。 只是在你们中间，不可这样；你们中间谁愿为大，就必作你们的用人； 谁愿为首，就必作你们的仆人。 正如人子来，不是要受人的服侍，乃是要服侍人，并且要舍命，作多人的赎价。”
Matthew 20: 24-28: When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
If you google “servant leadership,” you will find all kinds of quotes from smart and successful business leaders who say that a servant mindset is important. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) said this: “Organizations exist to serve. Period. Leaders live to serve. Period.” The only difference is that when business leaders tell you that you have to be a servant to lead, they are saying, “If you want to be successful, you have to be a servant-leader.” In other words, the motivation is still wanting to be first.
Jesus didn’t come to serve because he wanted to be the King. Jesus was the King of kings, the Lord of lords. When he came to earth, he emptied himself and became one of us. He set his divine glory aside so that he could become our servant. In Philippians 2, Paul says he took the form of a servant and humbled himself, even to death on a cross. He did this so that he could make us kings and priests in his kingdom.
So be a servant-leader, but not because you want to be successful and make yourself look good, but because you want those around you to succeed. Be a servant to your husband or wife. Be a servant to your children. Be a servant to your boss or to your employees. Empty yourself so that they can be filled. Do it because Jesus has stamped his image on you so that you can serve in his upside down kingdom.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for making yourself a servant and giving your life a ransom for me. You have freed me from worldly ambitions so that I can become a servant in your kingdom. Renew my heart every day so that I might serve you and my neighbor in your kingdom. Amen.