Mark 9:35 (KJV)
And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
I love verse 50, which is where Jesus’ says to his disciples… “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another”. This speaks perfectly their task, these are powerful words regarding the importance of working together towards a common goal. Being in one accord and one mind.
It also is a great reminder that in order to lead we must first be willing to follow. Our heart must be in the right place; is our heart that of a servant? To lead is to be the first one to get down to the nitty gritty; to be willing to get our hands dirty and do those things that others do not wish to. Perhaps even look down on those tasks which we willingly do.
It is in this way we show humility before others. 🙂
This world we live in today, it tells us that it is all about ‘me, me, me’ and yet Jesus says otherwise. It’s about sacrificial love! giving! serving! living! Putting others FIRST! Being a servant is NOT just volunteering at the soup kitchen, offering a meal when its convenient to us; this goes so much deeper. It’s about EVERYDAY life. Getting messy, “inconvenience” and being able and willing (joyfully) to slow down and reach out to another. We cannot schedule it into our lives; we cannot plan for it. We need to have that heart, that spirit, that is willing, no matter how tired or overwhelmed we may be, to hold the hand of another. To turn off our phone or tablet and just be present, intentionally, for someone in need. In their time, not ours.
C.S. Lewis said: “The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-hungry person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.”