Tag: Matthew 20:25-28

Greatness through serving!

Scripture reading for August 12th: Hosea 14, 2nd Chronicles 26-27, Psalm 61, Matthew 20

Key Scriptures: Matthew 20:25-28 “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, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.””

The mother of James and John came to Jesus and requested a special favor. She wanted them to sit on Jesus’ right and left when He came into His kingdom rule. In reply, Jesus asked them if they were able to drink the cup that He would drink? He further told them it was not His prerogative to grant this honor, but His Father. Greatness in God’s sight is being a servant, humble and obedient, even unto death. Jesus, Himself, is our example.

Psalm 61:4 “Let me dwell in Your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of Your wings!” Selah

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the promised reward for those who put their faith in You and seek Your presence and favor. Help me to serve You and others, pleasing to You and honoring You.

2nd Chronicles 26:4-5 “And he (Uzziah) did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.”

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Beware of worldly ambition and pride!

Scripture reading for January 28th:  Matthew 20

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Matthew 20:25-28  “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.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–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.”

Some of the first disciples had a desire for a position of glory in Christ’s kingdom.  They were thinking in worldly terms that position means power.  They wanted to be in charge and have control.  However, Jesus explained that greatness had a real cost–drinking from the cup that He would drink from!  This cup meant enduring suffering and eventual death for God’s purposes to be fulfilled.

Those who aspired to greatness were not condemned but admonished concerning the cost!   Jesus set an example for His followers then and now.  He was a servant-leader who set an example of serving.  He ultimately laid down His life for His own followers that they might have what they needed for eternal life.  Followers must also have a servant’s heart and be willing to sacrifice even their own lives for the cause of the kingdom of heaven.  The proud in heart will never be exalted!

Observation for over-comers:  It is not wrong to strive to be great in God’s kingdom but we must also count the cost and be wary of pride!  Jesus is our example of real greatness–He alone sits on the throne of God!  “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among great men; it is better for him to say, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.”  (Proverbs 25:6-7)

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