by Tim Vansant on October 15, 2021
October 16th, 2021
Scripture Reading: Luke 22:24-30 (NIV)
A dispute also arose among them (the disciples) as to which of them was considered to be greatest…
The scripture begins with, “A dispute also arose among them (the disciples) as to which of them was considered to be greatest…” The disciples are always fascinating as, well, they are just so relatable. Culturally, we still argue who is the best. Lebron or Jordan? Beatles or Rolling Stones? Pepsi or Coke? Ambition is lauded and recognition is our goal. We yearn to be known as the best worker, parent, student, etc. Recognition for our selflessness takes precedent over the act itself. I’ve certainly waited for the server to turn around to see me put money into the tip jar. Subconsciously, it was important that the barista recognized I was a “good guy” giving a tip.
However, Jesus turns the disciple’s greatness argument around in verse 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”. Jesus, our greatest example to have roamed the Earth, is a servant. He was not the king at the table recognized for his wealth and accolades. The “greatness” comes from the service or act, not the recognition. I wonder, what would happen if we stopped competing and fighting for recognition and instead focused on serving one another?