Mark 10: 41-45
When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.”
The rulers and people of power in Jesus’ day were really no different than people of today. They were high-minded and liked to have authority over people. Much to the surprise of the disciples (perhaps to each of us also) who had asked to sit in authority with Jesus on his right and the other on his left, they were told they had be to be the servant and slave to all. Jesus came to serve and give his life as a payment for each of us.
Father, help us to learn to live our lives as Jesus lived his life – as a slave to others that they may go free. In Jesus name. Amen.