“Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.’” (NASB)
STRONGS HEBREW/GREEK ORIGINS
“Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, ‘If anyone wants to be first (protos: chief, first in time, place, rank or influence), he shall be last (eschatos: latter end, last in grade and rank, lowest) of all and servant (diakonos: minister, deacon, one who executes the commands of another, attendant) of all.’”
Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first in rank and influence, he shall be the lowest of all and an attending servant to all.”
It’s difficult sometimes in a world where your status defines you, to seek the lower place. Even in Christian circles we’re told that the more “power” we have, the more we can do for the Kingdom. This mentality just does not add up with me when I read Scripture. It is not about living in poverty or deliberately lacking influence with others, it is about what you seek and your motives behind it. It is about a desire to serve, expecting absolutely nothing in return versus gaining some sort of satisfaction from holding a position or title. Today, seek to be what the Word defines to be a “minister”… be a servant.