The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life
a ransom for many.
– Mark 10:45

In Mark 10:45, Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus says that above all, the thing He wants to be remembered for is not His majesty, and it is not His glory. He wants to be remembered as the One who came not to be served but to serve other people.

Servanthood is an important quality to the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider a few things Jesus said about serving others.

In Matthew 20:25-27, He said, “But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave.”

And in Matthew 23:11-12, the Lord said, “The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

When we cut through all the peripheral issues of Christianity, what is it that God really wants for us? He wants our lives to resemble Jesus Christ in our thoughts, our attitudes, our affections, and our actions. And we are never more like Jesus Christ than when we put the interests of other people above our own interests – when we learn to serve others. So how is your service to the Body of Christ?

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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