Devotional Reading: Matthew 23: 1-12
Text: The greatest among you will be your servant. (v. 11)
Servant leadership. The phrase gets bandied around a lot, at least in religious circles. The truth of the matter is that it is seldom taken to heart. I often see signs posted that say “Reserved for Pastor”, or Organist or Staff or whatever. The truth of the matter is that the leader often gets the largest bonus while those who made the leader who she is, are not nearly as valued. The truth of the matter is that, as in Jesus’ day, leaders received perks and privileges that others don’t. it still happens.
I can’t help but to remember that Jesus pointed to another way of life and living. In John’s gospel, on his last night with the twelve, he took a servant’s towel, wrapped it wound his waist and proceeded to wash the disciples’ feet. He stooped to the humblest of jobs to show those who would take Him seriously that servanthood was the only way to Life. Paradoxically, giving ourselves away is the only way to find our true selves.
In this season of Advent lower your wants and discover the joy of giving. Be the the glimpse of grace you long to receive.
Lord God, ingive myself to You. Do with me what You will. Amen.