Must Be Your Servant

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 301 - Matthew 20:25-28 - Must Be Your Servant - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 301 – Matthew 20:25-28 – Must Be Your Servant – Growing As Disciples

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28 (NIV)

True Greatness

Admit it, you have this desire within you. I have what desire within me? You have the desire to be great in you. That is an interesting thought. I suppose I do have the desire to be great in me. Is that a bad desire? I’m not sure. I know I would never go around telling people I want to be great. That would seem prideful and self-centered, of that I have no doubt. But should I desire to be less than great? Should I desire to be average or even below average? That doesn’t seem like sound thinking to me either. It’s not. Do you know why you have the desire to be great in you? Yes, that would be very helpful. I created you to have the desire to be great in you. Is that shocking? Does that sound off and incorrect in some way? Yes, it does, I have always thought the desire to be great and being prideful were one and the same. I know for sure that you do not want me to be prideful. You want me to live a life of humility. Yes, that is true. Let me ask you a few questions. I’m listening. Do you think I lived a life of greatness? Did I think and say and do great things? No one has or ever will live a more important life filled with greatness than you. Did I live a life of greatness as the world would define it, or do you think I redefined greatness? You redefined greatness. You were humble. You took on the form of a servant. You lived to serve others in all that you thought, said, and did. You went where your Heavenly Father guided you. You did what your Heavenly Father asked of you. You bore fruit for His Kingdom and brought glory to His name. You served Him and others with all that was within you. In that way, you lived a life of true greatness far exceeding any worldly definition of greatness. Yes, I did. Let’s get back to you. What about you? Will you live the same life of greatness? Will you do what I did? Will you live as I lived? Will you follow my example? Will you become like me in all that you think and say and do? Will you serve me and others with all that is within you? Will you live the life of true greatness that I have laid out for you? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you for redefining true greatness. I want to be great, by your definition. I want to live as you lived. I want to do what you did. I want to serve others in all I think, say, and do. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom as I live to serve you and others. Amen

Key Question…  How has Jesus Christ redefined what constitutes true greatness in the way He thought, spoke, and acted?

Living It Out…  Follow the Lord’s example by serving others in all you think, say, and do.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you can live a life of greatness by following the Lord’s example of serving others.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are following the Lord’s example by serving others.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you follow the Lord’s example by serving others.

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Slave Of All

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 121 - Mark 10:43-45 - Slave Of All - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 121 – Mark 10:43-45 – Slave Of All – Growing As Disciples

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45 (NIV)

True Greatness

My whole understanding of what constitutes true greatness has changed. How so? At one time I thought a great person had power and authority over others. What else? A great person was the recipient of praise and adoration. A great person won the highest of honors. A great person had the most noteworthy of accomplishments. A great person was seated in the highest of positions. A great person would be remembered throughout all history. Monuments would be constructed to celebrate the life of a great person. People would fawn over a great person. People would live to serve a great person. A great person would live in comfort and experience unlimited pleasure. Is that about it? I could go on and on. No need. That is what you thought about greatness. That is how the world might evaluate greatness. How has your understanding changed? What do you now think constitutes true greatness? You are my example of true greatness. You lived a life of true greatness. How so? You came into this world with a mission. Which was? It was your mission to go and do your Heavenly Father’s will. You lived your life to do what was good and right and pleasing to your Heavenly Father. You emptied yourself of all your rights and privileges. You took on the form of a servant. You gave yourself in service to others. You did not live to be served, but to serve. You did nothing for selfish motives. You were not filled with vain ambition. You did not seek honor and glory. There was nothing you tried to win for yourself. There was no place you would not go to serve your Heavenly Father. There was nothing you would not do to serve your Heavenly Father. You gave yourself fully and completely in His service. Your service ending up costing you your life. You died on the cross so that you could accomplish the purpose for which you came into this world. Which was? Your death on the cross secured the forgiveness and cleansing of sin for all who would come to believe in you. You restored a multitude of humanity into a new and living relationship with their Heavenly Father. No greater life has ever been lived, than yours. No greater accomplishment has ever been achieved, than yours. So, I want to follow your example. I want to live like you lived. I want to serve like you served. I want to give like you gave. That is greatness. That is what I now understand. That is very good.

Lord, I want to live the same kind of life that you lived. You became a servant. You gave your life in service to others. A servant is who I want to be. Serving is what I want to do. Help me to live a great life of following your example. Use me for your purposes. Amen

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