On the night Jesus was betrayed, at the last supper, there was a topic of discussion that continues to baffle me. A dispute broke out among the disciples as to which of them should be considered the greatest. Now, these men just spent three years witnessing firsthand the miracles, signs and wonders performed by Jesus. They saw Him raise the dead, heal the blind and the lame, multiply fish and bread to feed thousands of people and even control the weather. They walked in the footsteps of the Son of God who would soon die for them. And they were arguing about who among them was the greatest?! I can’t imagine the first thoughts that may have gone through Jesus’ mind. But His answer was priceless – “Who is greater, he who sits at the table or he who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.” Jesus reminded them that greatness is measured by one’s willingness to serve. All that Jesus did during His earthly ministry was done from the a servant’s heart. A great leader has the heart of a servant. And prominent status should not be one’s intent while serving. Serving should be done from a pure heart of love or it profits no one. Our question should never be “Who is the greatest?” but “How can I serve you?”
Luke 22:24-27 (NKJV)
24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
1 Corinthians 13:3 (NLT)
3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.