April 3 | Matthew 20:26-28
“It must not be so among you, but whoever among you wishes to be great must be your servant, and whoever among you wishes to be first must be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26–28)
We all want to leave a legacy of greatness for those who come after us. People look for ways to leave their mark on the world before their time is up. Some want to become rich, others famous. Most of us will leave a smaller footprint, perhaps a more enduring one.
But in the kingdom of God, Jesus teaches us that the way to leave a legacy is to become the servant of all. Those who learn humility quickly, to become the least of everyone around them, make the most impact. Jesus is our example in humility and servanthood.
To become great and make your mark, you must become more like Jesus. To go up in God’s kingdom, you must go down. It’s completely opposite of the world. In the world, we try to gain influence by raising ourselves up and letting everyone know what we can do.
But in God’s kingdom, being able to do the most menial things to help others brings glory to God instead of ourselves. When we learn it’s not about us but about Jesus and others, we are learning how to make the greatest impact.
Action Step: Do something to serve everyone around you today. Put others before you. Seek the welfare and success of people who don’t like you. Go out of your way to help people who think you don’t even know they exist.
Jesus, I want to be like you in every way. Teach me to serve others and learn how to lower myself for other people’s benefit. Make me about others instead of myself. I want to be least in the world to be great in your kingdom. I give myself away.