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26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
What a tremendous example the Lord Jesus sets before us in the passage above. He not only said this of himself, but he demonstrated it repeatedly as he walked among the people throughout his brief three and a half year ministry, and then ultimately upon the cross.
Can the disciples of Christ do less than their Master? Can we truly call ourselves Christians (little Christs) when we live to be served rather than to serve? It was Christ who said in Luke 6:40 ~ “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” The word, “perfect”, as we understand it, is to mean “mature.” So then, as we mature in Christ, we are to emulate his nature and character. It’s understandable that a new Christian, in the formative stages of his Christian life, would want to soak up as much of the Word of God from the pew as he possibly can, but at some point that new Christian will desire to be ‘wrung out’, so-to-speak, by God, in service to Him.
May God help us, as we strive to be the salt in this decaying world, to follow in his steps by praying and looking for opportunities to serve. Let us not only seek to serve at the church among believers, but also in the world, that men may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven.
A final thought for us pastors along these lines as well. Let it not be said of us that we simply desired to have a large enough congregation so that our needs could be met. Let us lead in faithful dependence upon God to meet our needs as we busy ourselves serving those he has put in our charge. Walk humbly among those saints whose God is forever watching as the under-shepherd cares for, feeds, sacrifices, and loves his flock.