Serving Jesus in Our Community

Bible Notes

Matthew 20:24-28 (04.07.19)

Matthew 20:24-28 NIV
When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. [25] 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. [26] Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, [27] and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— [28] 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.”

Despite what I wrote yesterday, clearly the other disciples were cross with the brothers’ ambition (clearly they wanted to be on Jesus’ left and right!), and so Jesus responds to get them all to consider what their priorities were. Although status brings with it perks and rewards, it also brings responsibility and in Jesus’ case trouble. These things aren’t the purpose of status, however, the purpose of status is to be in a position where you can serve others and greater meeting their needs.

Spirit, help me see today how I can use my position in life to care for those around me.

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