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Hard Words: Servant

Anchor Devotional - 06.14.17


“And whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:44-45

Throughout history our world has looked on servants as people of a less significant class, often mistreating them and taking advantage of them. That is not how Jesus—the One who came to serve, not to be served (see Matthew 20:28)—considers servants. He gave His disciples an object lesson on servanthood when He Himself took a towel and began to wash their feet. “No!” Peter objected, knowing what a humiliating job it was. But Jesus straightened him out quickly, telling him, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me” (John 13:8). Peter understood the message and became a true servant in the early church.

Think about Jesus’ call to servanthood. It’s tragic that many who claim to believe in Jesus Christ don’t understand this, and just as tragic when solid believers don’t feel like serving. When the Church stands up and serves, the community takes notice. Christ followers have been called to be servants. We must be willing to get our hands dirty and our hearts broken as we walk into our dark world to serve.

Scripture Focus

Mark 10:44-45

Insight

Jesus served you by giving you His entire life. When we serve others, we are truly serving Him!

Read the Bible

  • 2 Kings 7-8
  • Proverbs 14
  • 1 Peter 1