Wednesday, January 20, 2016


S        Servant            “So Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers of this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them.   But among you it will be different.  Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be the slave of everyone else.  For even the Son of Man came not be served, but to serve others and give His life as a ransom for many.’”   Mark 10:43-45   

If someone told you to the path to success in this world is through putting the needs of others before yours’ and becoming a servant, you probably would consider them grossly misinformed and wrong.  It runs contrary to everything that makes sense, especially by the standards of the world.  Yet the One that came into this world was laid in a feeding trough, and raised the step-son of an ordinary carpenter, not only set the standard, but lived the example as well.   Later his letter to the Philippians the Apostle Paul writes:  “Don’t be selfish; don’t try and impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others too.  You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”  (Phil 2:3-5).  He then describes what Jesus did and tells us the result:  “Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name that is above all other names.  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth.  And every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Phil 2:9-11)

The only way truly to go UP is DOWN.

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