The One Who Serves Shall Be the Greatest

Matthew 20:20–28


The mother of James and John is bowing down to Jesus to ask a favor of Him.

“What is it you want?”

“Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at Your right and the other at Your left in Your kingdom.”

Hearing this, the ten are indignant with the two brothers. Jesus calls them together and says, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over people and exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. I too did not come to be served, but to serve, and to be sin on behalf of many.”

Jesus told the disciples who wanted to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, that whoever wants to become great must serve brothers and sisters. Jesus showed us the example of His words, by humbling and sacrificing Himself to the point of death.

Let’s take a look at ourselves. As citizens of heaven, are we serving brothers and sisters according to the teachings and examples of Christ?

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11