27 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. (NIV)
Getting excellent service from a waiter at a restaurant makes the meal much more enjoyable. The reverse can be said if the server has a bad attitude. When the server is good, you want to tip more; when they’re not, you barely want to tip at all. The best waiters are those who find joy in serving others. Making people happy is one of their driving motivations. Jesus expressed the same sentiment by telling his disciples he was the one who serves.
Who’s the Greatest?
One of the popular arguments amongst the disciples was who was the greatest. Jesus was continually putting them in their place. Here He tells them who the greatest is, but He numbers Himself amongst the servants. The King of kings is telling his subjects that if you want to find me look among the servants. What an excellent example for all Christians. He modeled for us how we are to go about our days.
Check Your Motivations
There is a movement in the church today of young people who want to be successful and famous. They do it under the auspices of Christian ministry by being all about helping people and changing the world. Sadly, if you scratch a little below the surface, you start to notice that it is a way to get seen by others. In reality, the number of followers and likes are far more motivating than making humankind better. When a person is introduced by how many followers they have on a social media platform than what they do, you know what’s important.
The One Who Serves
John the Baptist had the best attitude. He knew his job was to point people to Jesus. He also said, “I must decrease so he can increase.” Let us put those words into action and let us be found amongst the servants. It’s not about our greatness or impact but in our faithful service to Jesus.