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?

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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.

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Paraphrasing the Savior’s words …

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

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“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.”

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

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

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

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It would transform our homes

… our families

… our church experience

… our business relationships.

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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.

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

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

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And I feel a pull to be better

… as a father

… as a husband

… in my church service

… in my business relationships

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#ComeFollowMe

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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