26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”> 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”> did not come to be served, but to serve,<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”> and to give his life as a ransom<sup class="crossreference" style="vertical-align: top;" value="(D)”> for many.
Reflection. How many of us go through rough times in our own relationships, whether with a partner, a friend, a wife, a husband, or with an entire community? I do with all of the above. I do now, I have in the past, and I most assuredly will in the future. How can we accomplish success? Jesus taught us this many times, such as the scripture passage above, but if you are like me, I let my selfishness, and sometimes pride get in the way. It is very hard not to be selfish. In fact, I almost think it is ingrained in us from the minute we are conceived as a survival mechanism. Think about it- we are in constant survival mode. If you believe in evolution, or even if you don’t, there is something within human beings that gives us the will to survive. I ask you, to ask yourself this, however- what good does it do to survive, if you are not fruitful, if you do not multiply, if you do not have a reason to live. Even now, as we speak, it is easier for me to see my wife working tirelessly to raise our children, folding laundry, doing everyday deeds for them, and for me to sit on the couch because I had a rough day at work. In truthful fact, I have done this. My selfishness got the better of me, my ingrained and programmed mind sees what I have done, but does not appreciate nor understand that my own wife, is doing the very same thing. Service through love, as stated in the above scripture, is not easy, in fact, at times, particularly in this day in age- its downright hard. Being selfish, is all too easy, but the reward just simply does not exist. It is through service, and particularly service through love, that the reward will multiply, bear fruit, and bring forth great things. To be selfless, and at the same time humble, will truly bring us not only closer to God, but give us great reward not only in our Earthly lives, but in our seats in Heaven. These qualities, these actions are not built into our survivability, but rather must be learned. They do not come easy. They ask us to sacrifice of ourselves. They are the exact counter-point to the survival mode that is built within us. We are selfish in our very acts of want; to breathe, to eat, to live, to need. But how often throughout the day do we sacrifice these things- these ever “normal” things- for someone other than ourselves. How often to we recognize that we even do them? I, myself, as testimony in this writing, do all the time. Sacrifice is never easy, in fact, none of us want to. But think of this; whether a believer or not, Jesus Christ sacrificed everything for us, in His death upon the Cross, and in His Earthly life, through his teachings, because it can’t be denied, as it was written. He continues to sacrifice for us even now, as a testament to our sin, our greed, our lust, and our selfishness. Let His example, be a beacon, to all, even those that do not believe, that we should all be “slaves” to others, ever more willing to sacrifice ourselves through the service of love to others. I will try, even today, to realize the importance of this very teaching, and ingrain it into my life! God Bless ~CJA
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