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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2018
(Part 39)

GREATNESS IN SERVANTHOOD


February 27, 2018
Today’s gospel: Matthew 23:1-12


The scribes and Pharisees thought they were the greatest in Israel. They considered themselves the preservers and implementers of the Mosaic law. “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.” (v.2). But Jesus rejected them. The law was good, but they were not good models for living out the law. “Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice.” (v.3). Jesus considered them hypocrites.

How about us? We are destined for greatness. But Jesus says, “The greatest among you must be your servant.” (v.11). Those who are high in authority and position are to take the lowest place. Those who would be leaders are to be servants. Those whom people look up to are those who serve rather than being served.

Servant leaders help people carry the burden of the law (v.4). They are not to show off in the work they do (v.5a). They are not to wear emblems of power and position (v.5b). They are not to seek places of honor (v.6). They are not to look for adulation or desire a fawning crowd (v.7). Rather, they are to realize that only Jesus is the teacher and Master (v.8,10). Apart from Jesus they are nothing.

If servant leaders look to adulation or begin to exalt themselves, God Himself will cut them down, so as to preserve them from the deadly sin of pride. “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled” (v.12a). But for one who is humble, then that is the one whom God can use, and lift up to heights of greatness. Indeed, “whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (v.12b).


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