Mark 10:42-45, But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
The disciples of Jesus weren’t a whole lot different from you and me. Or would it be better to say, we aren’t much different than they were? As you read the Gospels, you definitely want to commend the disciples for leaving everything to follow Jesus [Matthew 4:18-22]. At the same time, the further along that you read, the more you see, these guys had some serious issues. They aren’t the only ones who struggled with issues, so do we, and often with the very same issues with which the disciples struggled.
The disciples in this passage, as well as other passages, sought prestige, popularity, and power. More than likely, this is the reason why we find that the very first lesson Jesus taught in his Sermon on the Mount was “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” which is a lesson on humility [Matthew 5:3]. The first truth that Jesus taught at the great Lord’s Supper Discourse was on humble servitude [John 13:1-13]. I have a feeling that isn’t a coincidence!
There is far too much talk today about leading and not enough about following and serving in a spirit of humility. And that goes especially for those of us in “leadership” positions!
Jesus made it very clear on many occasions, that the way of the world, especially when it came to this matter of “leading,” was not the way God desires for us to live and serve. Regardless of where we are, or what “title” we might hold, our calling is to serve those whom God brings our way. Serving others is the way of God. Serving others is what Jesus both taught and modeled for those first disciples and for you and me.
Philippians 2:7-8 , 7 But (Jesus) made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.