25 But Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew Name) called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones play the tyrant over them. 26 It shall not be this way among you. But whoever wants to be great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you shall be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
These scriptures give such a vivid contrast between what the world system tells us is greatness and what God says is great. The world system says those who are great or mighty are those who hold the most power over others. Yeshua (Jesus) says in His economy the ones who are great are those willing to give up their own agenda to accommodate another, or to die to themselves in order to serve someone else. He was the greatest example of giving up His own desires in order to carry out the will of the Father; and we saw this play out in the Garden of Gethsemane. When I was in Jerusalem in late October 2019, we walked right past where it happened. The place is still there. He sweat drops of blood asking for that cup to pass from Him, yet He said, “Not My will, but Your will be done.” Yeshua taught us what He meant when He said we must deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him. His heart was of total submission and willingness to give up His own will in order to come into agreement with the Father. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and we have no greater example than He lived out for us which is recorded in the Gospels. May we each have a heart like the of the Savior of the world, a true servant’s heart, may we love and serve Him with all our being, with everything we are, and may we love and serve others the way He commanded us to.