Daily Devotion for May 16, 2017
'It will be Different'
After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked His disciples, “What were you discussing out on the road?” But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to Him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”
But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had:
Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Heavenly Father, help us Believers remember today that “among” us, living “will be different:”
“Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else,”
“Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank,”
“The leader should be like a servant”...having “the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”
We ask Your help to see where selfishness exists in our lives, Lord. Use Your Word to constantly expose our selfishness, and use Your Spirit to clean it out. Give us increased strength and desire to daily live as Jesus did—so we have a servant's heart towards our families, our coworkers, and wherever we go. We ask this in Your Son's name, knowing that our selfishness hurts and tears down, but Christ-like servant-hood 1) attracts, 2) heals, 3) demonstrates love, 4) and builds up!
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