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Matthew 20:26-28

But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.


Everyone wants to be great and be the chief one. You see the struggle for the great and chief place all through life. It starts on the playground between children and even earlier in life. You can see the struggle in the home between siblings and spouses. The struggle to be great and chief continues through school and on the job. The result of humanity always trying to climb up to the great and chief place is other human beings get trampled on.

To be great however you must become a minister which means to run on errands, the servant of a king, one who executes the commands of another. Likewise to be the chief one you must become a servant, a slave, bondman, one who gives himself up to another’s will, devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests.

So to be great in God’s eyes I don’t trample down other people but rather I come under and serve and help others. This is precisely why we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Matthew 18:4, “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

James 4:10, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

If you have to destroy someone to get what you want I would suggest that a better route would be to become a minister and a servant.