"It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave…" (Matthew 20:26, 27)
A typical view of being great among men is having influence by means of exercising authority over others. But the way of our Lord is the inverse. Being great among others is to be their servant. In our passage Jesus accentuates the idea by saying whoever would be prominent (first) is a slave. In no era would this idea fit human thinking. How is greatness achieved through servitude? The Lord himself sets the example. He came to serve, not to be served, and give his life a ransom for us. Servitude seeks the best for others at the expense of the servant. It’s God’s way of personal promotion within the realm of a needy community.
Within the local church body, may we continually seek ways we can serve one another. In the New Testament the word translated “servant” is also translated “deacon” or “minister,” so regardless of position, everyone serves others. May service be our aspiration.
--E.C. Malone 09/18/15