“But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” ~ Matthew 23:11-12
Notice that our greatness is determined by our work as a servant. It’s not based upon our personality or ability, but humility in serving others. As a disciple of Jesus, we can choose to exalt ourselves (haughtiness) or we can be humble (humility). As a result of our choice, we can see that we will either be abased (humiliated) or will be exalt in honor. This principle goes totally against what the world tells us to do to gain honor. This is point that Jesus is making in Matthew 23:11-12. Honor can only come from God.
The servant’s heart is the disciple’s calling, it’s my children’s calling. John the Baptist said it best, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30).
Here are a couple of other verses that we should look at as well:
“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:24
“Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” ~ Philippians 3:4
We are to serve one another with rejoicing in humility, with the right heart!
A quote by Dr. Martin Luther King:
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ~ By Dr. Martin Luther King
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