A World of Massages (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 176)
Mark 10:43-44 (NLT)
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.
The battle against selfishness is one of the greatest battles we will ever fight. When we really get down to it, we tend to major in “me,” “I,” and “mine.” We forget about others and seek to serve ourselves. We want for someone else to give to us, to serve us, to help us, and so on. We want to get the massages — everyone does. But we have a wrong perspective of servanthood. We see servants as weak and less than.
But Jesus, the greatest person to ever walk the earth, God’s only Son, died on the cross for our sins and to knock the chips off of our shoulders. By example, Christ taught us that serving is the way to freedom. When we serve, we receive a special kind of joy that never evaporates from our lives. And we can recognize this same joy in others. We can point out the servants because they are obviously different.
When we allow Jesus into our hearts, He places the power of the Holy Spirit inside of our hearts. The Holy Spirit gives us strength and grace to fight the battle of selfishness. The strategy to defeat selfishness is to serve. Every day of our lives is an opportunity for God to instill in us character to be humble and willing servants. It isn’t about being great. Being great is a byproduct of service.
When you feel the urge to be selfish, remember that Jesus never was. He was always a humble servant. To this day, He sits in Heaven and serves us. Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. The way to freedom, to joy, to unity, to reflecting an attitude of humility and passion is to serve. And on the other side of service, there is an abundance of blessings that we often don’t have room enough to receive.
“Who then is the greatest leader? The one who has served the most.”
— James C. Hunter