Who is Greater?

I was at a banquet several years ago where I was being honored and was receiving an award… I even got to sit at the head table!  During the meal a wonderful African-American man served our table diligently, cheerfully, and graciously! 

All of that came to mind as I read this passage today during “coffee with the Lord”…

“A dispute also arose among the disciples as to which of them was considered to be greatest.  Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.  But you are not to be like that! Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.  For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves!” (From Luke 22:24–27)

As I read this passage today I asked myself, “Who was my Lord and Savior most like?  The guy sitting at the head table about to receive an award?  Or the one serving with diligence, cheerfulness and grace?  The words of Jesus pierced my heart today… “I AM AMONG YOU AS ONE WHO SERVES!”  Oh, I want to be done with the petty discussions of “who is considered the greatest” among us!  Instead I aspire to be like Jesus… “I AM AMONG YOU AS ONE WHO SERVES.”

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