Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 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. 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.
“But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Who among us is any better than another? We have varying degrees of ability, skill and differences in personalities and characters but none that is necessarily better. Maybe at times better suited for one thing over another, but that does not automatically translate in being inherently better as in a total sense. The youngest among us will compete with each other for the ‘best’ position; whatever that is deemed to be. This urge to be the best over others is common to mankind. Yet Christ modeled the ability to not be concerned about who is where but to have single-minded purpose in fulfilling the will of God. This purpose looks outwardly, a What can I do for you attitude, rather than an inward view that pushes and shoves to be in an imaginary position of ‘lordship.’ Jesus maintained constant communication with the Father and says he spoke the words the Father gave him and did the deeds the Father instructed him to do. This indicates an intimate relationship, one he says we can have.
Therefore, we should look for ways to maintain contact with the Lord to better know him. Let us be counted in that group that “… have continued with Me in My trials…”. That would allow us to also be guided by a single-minded purpose as we make our way through this life. Let us serve those around us with portions of God’s spiritual food, love and care.