September 18, 2023

Living selflessly is not our natural inclination. We all want to be seen for who we are and for our hard work to be noticed. This is what makes Jesus’ example and his teaching so incredible – it pushes back on this instinct to prove and promote ourselves. 

In Luke 22:24-27, Jesus challenges his disciples on this.

“Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them.  Jesus told them, ‘In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’  But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.  Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.’”

Jesus describes himself as “one who serves” and emphasizes that his way is different from what we observe normally – especially in powerful people.   

Questions to consider:

When do I compare myself to others and mentally rank where I stand? 

How can I practically live differently today - as “one who serves”? 

An action step to take:

Who might God be calling me to serve in an intentional way?

(This can be as simple as telling them you’re grateful for them or listening to them.) 

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