The Last Shall Be First

“The greatest among you will be your servant.”

Matthew 23:11/NIV

I imagine people in life seek to be first, winners, and champions with their goals and motivations. I have observed many individuals who led the pack and succeeded and did well with their aspirations! Thinking of politicians, when annual elections for government positions occur, we vote for the most qualified candidate to lead us. I anticipate the person receiving the most votes will win the election and be the new leader. They, in some regard, will be first. What an honor!

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Throughout my life, I have observed and participated in many elections of government officials. During the campaigning process, it was interesting to see the agendas and platforms of the candidates. Undoubtedly each candidate positively promoted their qualities and let us know we cannot live without them! During my lifetime, I recall many elected officials who did not deliver what they promised and, in some cases, created much disharmony. They tended to get into trouble of some sort and modestly left office. For these leaders, was being “first” or the leader of the pack a good thing?

Perhaps the leaders I have observed who humbly departed office had bad priorities and behaviors, which led to their downfall. Matthew 23:12 (NIV) provides some insight: “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Perhaps if people have inflated egos that compels them to behave poorly, they will be humbled. Conversely, this verse tells us that those who humble themselves will be exalted! I guess keeping our ego in check and not letting it get the best of us is a good thing. That is good teaching regarding tempering my ego and living humbly!

According to the Bible, the greatest person among us will be a servant! Servants do not tend to be leaders and, in reality, maybe last in line. The Bible offers hope for “servants” who are at the back of the line: “So the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16/NIV). Matthew 23:11 tells us the greatest among us will be a servant. Didn’t Jesus Christ describe Himself as being a servant? “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 10:45/NIV). So if we seek to be like Jesus, we should serve others and have servant-like qualities as well! I choose to be like Jesus!

Many blessings to you!


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