FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2018
(Part 49)

HUMILITY IN GREATNESS – 2


May 22, 2018
Today’s gospel: Mark 9:30-37

The apostles “had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest.” (v.34b). Now our theme this year is “Destined for Greatness.” We have been discussing and will continue to discuss about our call to greatness and the great work we are supposed to do. This is to understand God’s call, so that we can strive to be and do what God wants for us. It is not so that we will fall into sinful pride.

How do we keep from falling into sinful pride?

First, it is to know the meaning of authentic servant leadership. It is basically this: the leader is the servant. “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” (v.35b). In the Kingdom, the greatest is the least, the first is the last, the high is the lowly. Servant leaders are not to be served but to serve, and give their lives as a ransom for the many. Such lowliness precludes sinful pride.

Second, it is to take on the posture of a little child. “Taking a child he placed it in their midst” (v.36a). A child has nothing to boast of. He is totally dependent on grown-ups, he has no lofty status in the community, he has no great track record of accomplishments. Servant leaders of course are capable, though dependent upon God, have high positions in the body, though use such for service, and can achieve great things, though give the glory only to God.

Third, it is to be at the service of the poor and lowly. “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me” (v.37a). It is to serve the last, the least and the lost. Given the status of children then, they represented the anawim, the poor in spirit. Servant leaders are not in the environment of high society, or the company of the rich and famous, or in the corridors of power. They do not strut around like the Pharisees. They hold on to nothing that can foment sinful pride.

Fourth, it is to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, in humble obedience to God. “Whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” (v.37b). Jesus humbled himself, accepting death on the cross. He is the King of kings, he is our Lord and Master, he is the Savior. But he came as a babe in the manger, had nowhere to lay his head, suffered ignominy at the hands of men, and descended into a dark tomb. No sinful pride there, as should be the case with us.

Continue discussing our theme for this year. But as the Lord asks you, “What were you arguing about on the way?” (v.33b), make sure you keep on the right track, seeking only to deepen your understanding of the true meaning of greatness in Christ.

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