"But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;Mark 10:43(NASB)
While walking with the Lord of glory on His sacrificial journey towards the Cross and the glorious Resurrection, and having been forewarned by Him of the future suffering and tribulation both Jesus and all His followers were to face, we discover the disciples squabbling about who was be the most important person in Christ's coming kingdom!
They were expecting the Lord to set up His kingdom on earth at that time, and the bewilderment they must have felt when He announced that He was to suffer and die, only adds to this pitiful scenario. And so another important lesson to all of us began to be taught, that the world may seek after pride of place, power, and prestige, but in Christ's economy "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant."
We sometimes look at the foolish actions and attitudes of the disciples and the many selfish comments they made with an air of superiority - I would never say such unspiritual remarks or engage in such carnal actions and attitudes - may too often be our response to this squabbling group.
But every lesson that the disciples were taught in their three-year sojourn with the Lord, is an equally important lesson that we too must learn and apply in our journey through life.
Let us take to heart the truth that we are in the world but are not to be of the world. The world may relish important positions and seek to exercise authority over others "but it should not be this way among you, for whoever wishes to become great among you is to be servant of all."
Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times when I have lived foolishly, prayed selfishly, and have only been interested in my own desires. Help me to consider others before myself, and help me learn to become a servant of all, to Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.