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Power through Serving Others?
- Matthew 20:26-28
Kings! Emperors! Presidents & Dictators! Men of stature and power. Men who are waited on hand and foot. Men who simply say the word, and then watch as their will is done. Men who are influential with their laws and commands, men who people say are the greatest of all time.
Throughout time this has been the perception held by men. We look at them, we see them on TV, and we wonder what it would be like to have such a great power; we wonder what it would be like to have the ability to influence the world. And we try to obtain this power. We look for ways to advance with our jobs, and gain the respect and allegiance of those we work with. We look for ways to become greater and more powerful in comparison to those around us.
But there was one man who took this philosophy of greatness, this philosophy of respect, and turned it completely around. A man who was called a king, and yet he washed the feet of his servants. Jesus did not come into this world to be served by us, but rather to serve us. He came to teach us, and to become a sacrifice so that we may be reunited with our father in Heaven.
Jesus understood that the power of man dies with men; but the power of God lasts forever. When you become the greatest of men, your greatness will die with the men you ruled. However, when you become a servant of God, serving others, your greatness not only lasts on Earth, but in Heaven as well.
He understood that to become the greatest, you must become the least of men; the one who leaves a lasting impression.
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