THE GREATEST IS NOT THE ONE WHO SERVES.
The greatest, over-lords, earthly kings, or benefactors, None.
Servant-leaders? Not in there…..
Lk. 22:24-27 (this passage in bold below, let’s have a look)
Jesus disciples were engaged in a dispute, THEY were ARGUING.
The argument was who was considered to be the GREATEST among them.
Obviously they DID NOT INCLUDE JESUS in their argument or it would have it’s solution.
They were EXCLUDING JESUS from their argument.
Their argument was AMONG THEMSELVES.
Their argument WAS SELFISH, and was nothing more than self-promotion.
Their argument was OF THE FLESH and not spiritual at all.
Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that.
Christians are not to be like GENTILE KINGS who wield power over their subjects.
Believers are not to exercise AUTHORITY over OTHERS, elevating themselves in the process.
Brothers and sisters in Christ are NOT TO THINK of themselves as Benefactors.
A benefactor defined: one that CONFERS A BENEFIT; especially : one that makes a gift or bequest.
Jesus told us we are NOT TO BE LIKE THAT.
He taught just the opposite: BE HUMBLE, don’t let your right hand know what your left is doing.
If you want to help someone DO IT IN SECRET and God will reward you openly.
Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
The GREATEST among you should be LIKE THE YOUNGEST.
The ONE WHO RULES among you should be like the ONE WHO SERVES.
Goodness gracious, Jesus is telling us to not be respecters of persons isn’t he?
Jesus is telling us to not be high-minded.
Jesus is telling us to be humble.
Jesus is telling us to wash each others feet.
Jesus is telling us to prefer others before ourselves.
Jesus is telling us to be like little children for such is the Kingdom of God.
Jesus is telling us to be harmless as doves (and wise as serpents).
Jesus is telling us to be LIKE HIM.
Jesus is telling us that greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends.
For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
“Who is greater, ANSWER THE QUESTION, the one who is seated at the table being served or the one who serves?” Jesus.
Of course we must follow Jesus logic, THE ONE BEING SERVED IS GREATER.
Do you see the implications there at what Jesus is saying?
I am among you AS ONE WHO SERVES,” Jesus.
Again, do you see the implications here at what Jesus is saying to us?
We are not to be like BENEFACTORS GIVING GIFTS, but servants serving the greatest among us.
Jesus has turned the table on us.
That raises the question, in Jesus’ eyes, WHO IS THE GREATEST among us?
Come on answer the question, who is the greatest?
The greatest are those with the POTENTIAL TO BECOME BELIEVERS, they are the Gentiles, hordes of Gentiles.
Later Jesus sent those same brothers WHO WERE ARGUING in this passage to the world, here it is:
Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
1. Who are we not to be like?
2. Who are we to be like?
3. Who is seated at the table that Jesus is serving?
4. Do you worship Jesus, and still doubt?
5. Have you ever made a disciple?
6. Have you ever baptized anyone?
7. If you were asked to teach about Jesus could you? Would you?