Matthew 23:11 (NKJV) – But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
You Cannot Dictate When You Serve
In verse 1, we see Jesus, knowing that the very purpose for which He came to earth was almost here, yet He had to serve. All of us have a time that we are to fulfill the very thing God has called us to do. And at that time, we must be ready to serve.
“Don’t get so big that you can’t do little things.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
You Cannot Dictate Where You Serve
In verses 4 and 5, we see where Jesus rose from supper and laid aside His garments.
Jesus was seated at the place of honor, yet He left His place of honor and began to serve.
“Sometimes you have to lay aside the table and the title and be willing to serve.” – Pastor Billy Johnson
You Cannot Make People Understand Your Serving
In verses 6-10, we see that Peter could not understand why Jesus was serving him. In the same way, people won’t understand why you serve God.
You Cannot Dictate Who You Serve
In verse 10, it is clear that Jesus knew who would betray Him, and He even knew that another disciple would deny Him. Yet, He served them both.
You Can Determine Why You Serve
When we look at verses 12-17, Jesus gives the reason for serving.
- I serve because I am not above serving.
- I am following Christ’s example in serving.
- I am blessed when I serve.