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The Greatest Among You
As Christians, we are called by God, in His Word, to be a servant. A servant is a person who is devoted to, or guided by, something; one who serves others. In the same manner, we are guided by the Word of God to serve God by serving others. In doing so, we are examples to those we serve. In fact, Jesus said, “The greatest among you must be a servant” (Matthew 23:11 NIV). In order to honor God, we must develop a servant’s heart — one who understands the significance of serving others in the church.
Every believer must lead by serving. In 1 Corinthians 10:23 NIV, the Bible says, “ ‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say — but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’ — but not everything is constructive.” In other words, not everything we have the “right” to do is for the benefit of others. Accordingly, a servant is one who makes sacrifices in their life by placing the interests of others above their own. If we only live for ourselves, we might cause others to stumble.
As we serve others, we must be careful to speak and behave in a godly manner. We were not created to please ourselves, but to help others find Christ and become a true disciple. Our greatest example is Jesus Himself — He became the Servant of all. Not preferring Himself, He became obedient unto death that He might serve us by giving us salvation (see Philippians 2:1-11). Thank God.
Just a Thought,
Published on Monday, November 9, 2015 @ 7:36 PM MDT
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