For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life-a ransom for many."Mark 10:45(HCSB)
The glittering prizes of wealth and honour, of fame and fortune, of intellectual prowess and great importance, is highly prized in today's world system, but it can too often bedazzle the eyes of believers as well, and even Christ's own disciples were not exempt. They were arguing about who was the most important in their little group and were jostling for the best position in Christ's coming kingdom. But what a shocking silence must have descended on each person when Jesus stunned them with the words: "Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." They were in pursuit of the wrong things and even then, they did not understand the staggering implication of His words.
Christ's life was the exemplary witness to the truth of these words. He was the eternal Son of God, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. All power in heaven and earth had been entrusted to Him, but He did not demand the service of others but knelt to wash His disciple's feet. The One before Whom all creation will one day bow in humble adoration, came to be Servant to all, and His final act of service to the children of men, was to become the pivotal point in the history of the universe - when He gave His life as a ransom for many.
May we be endowed with the mind of Christ, for although He was the Son of God, He learned obedience by the things that He suffered and humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross, to pay the price for the sin of humanity and to ransom all those who trust in His name.
Lord, I pray for wisdom and grace to know how to suffer with You in this life, and to give my life in service to others and to You. Keep me from hankering after the glitz and glamour of this world. May I, like Christ, humble myself, become obedient to Your Word, and follow in Your footsteps, so that Your name may be glorified. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.