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Matthew 20:20-28, Servants to Look Up To

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Jesus said, ‘Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’
— Matthew 20:26b-28

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, August 31, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

The problem is that we look down on servants. That’s why nobody wants to be one. We see the one who serves as inferior to the one who is served. But the truth is that we are all called to serve, particularly because it seems to be against our nature. Serving another person requires humility. It asks us to put the needs of another person ahead of our own desires. It is an act of sacrifice.

James and John in this story have missed the entire point of Jesus. They’re fixated on the future, when Jesus is in glory, and they’re completely ignoring the present: the example of Jesus’ service to all humankind, even to the point of death.

How often do we miss the point? Perhaps instead of looking down on servants, we ought to be looking up to them, as examples of who we all ought to be.

Loving God, change my perspective, that I might look up to those who live out Jesus’ example of servanthood.


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