but to minister…

washingfeetshort1Mark 10:44-45 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

His ways definitely aren’t our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Why would a King – the Saviour, Messiah, and Creator of the universe, come – not to be ministered unto, but to minister? Why did He wash men’s feet, one of the lowest and menial tasks? Why did He choose to have no permanent place to lay His head? Along with the Scripture we read today, we see in 1 Peter that He did it, “leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”

Three times in this chapter we’re reminded that the greatest is the servant. He reminds us that the first shall be last. My natural inclination is to desire to be ministered unto. But my prayer today is that I’d be like Christ, and seek to minister – to my wife, and my children, and those in my ministry. Might I minister to the saints, and to the sinners. Might I look for ways to give my life, as Christ did, for many.  For that’s who is chief in God’s economy. That’s who’s greatest – the servant, and minister.

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