January 21, 2004
“Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah, did not come to be served, but to serve . . . .” (Matthew 20: 28 TLB)
Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
God’s way of thinking is diametrically opposed to the world’s way of thinking. The world thinks that in order to achieve greatness, one must push and drive and promote oneself, using whatever means will get the job done. So people li,e cheat, flatter, and seduce in order to get to the top.
But Jesus tells us something startling: If you want to be great, you must be a servant.
A servant? The term conjures up images of slavery, of humiliation, of denying one’s own selfish desires. Our human nature recoils at the thought.
And yet, it is this very concept of servanthood and our practicing it in our lives that will not only make us great but will also fill us with joy. The key, however, is that our desire for greatness must not beva n end in itself, but a means of exalting the greatness of Christ.
In God’s way of thinking, to be great is to fulfill the calling of love for which we were created. To serve is to discover who we really are, for when we lose ourselves in serving others, we discover ourselves in that very loss (Matthew 16: 25).
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio
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