Image of Matthew 20:27 with highlighting of the words "chief" and "servant"

Let Him be Your Servant

Do you ever come across a verse of scripture that simultaneously uplifts you while perhaps also causing just a little tinge of pain?


When some of Jesus’ disciples sought to receive a promise of elevated status in the kingdom of heaven, The Savior paused to teach a powerful lesson about leadership, recognition, status, and authority.


Paraphrasing the Savior’s words …

“In the world … leaders work through dominion … through status … through recognition … through authority.


“But it shouldn’t be this way with you.

Follow the example I’ve set for you …

Lead through service.

Lead through ministering

Lead through sacrifice

Lead through giving.”



I’m uplifted because the Spirit testifies this is true.


I’m pained by the distance between where we are (where I am) and the Savior’s invitation.


How would our lives change if could truly absorb this teaching from the Savior?


It would transform our homes

… our families

… our church experience

… our business relationships.


I spend much of my time in corporate environments where leadership through dominion is the standardized norm,

… where productivity and execution are the priority over people,

… where individuals are required to compete with one another for recognition

… where we’re counseled to be self-seeking and self-promoting.


And there is a real tendency to carry that mentality into our homes, our church service, our relationships.


But the Savior’s counsel stands in stark contrast to such environments.


And I feel a pull to be better

… as a father

… as a husband

… in my church service

… in my business relationships




Mathew 20:25-28

“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.”

“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.” – Jesus Christ

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