Upside Down, Rightside Up

“One Year Bible” New Testament Passage
Matthew 20:1-28

And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:27-28 (NKJV)

The Kingdom of God turns everything upside down. Or rather we should say, it turns everything right side up! The first shall be last and the last shall be first — and the greatest shall be the servant of all.

In these things, God’s ways are diametrically opposite to the world’s ways. The world is built on top-down domination. Christ’s kingdom is built on humility and service.

We should get nervous when there is much talk about RULING. Our strong suit is not ruling, but rather SERVING. Ruling can easily slide over into pride. Serving always keeps us focused on others rather than ourselves.

So here it is: in those instances where God grants you rulership, rule like a servant. Always seek to lift others up. You can make everyone around you BIGGER. That is the heart of servant leadership.

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