Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…”
I’ve always loved how Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, served England with humility and verve. “Being powerful is like being a lady,” she famously said. “If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”
Jesus’s life was the model of humility mixed with power. Here He was, the Son of God, and yet He led the life of a common man.
But He also warned about the “godless rulers” who “throw their weight around” – men who do not fear God, but only serve themselves. Jesus saw the corruption, hypocrisy, and power grabs of the politicians of His day – and not much has changed.
We must never allow ourselves or others to abuse positions of authority. We should be wary of politicians who enrich themselves while allegedly “serving” the people.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, search your motives. Are you following Jesus’s path of humility or the path of pride? I join you in asking God to replace our arrogance and self-centeredness with a true servant’s heart.