“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 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 as a ransom for many.”
A lot of the basic principles seem completely backward. How could being a servant make you great? How could being a slave make you first in the kingdom? How on earth could giving your life away allow you to gain eternal life? In an earthly mindset, this is completely backwards and illogical. But, maybe that’s the point. We know that our fallen minds cannot fully grasp the mysteries of God, and this just proves it. I am reminded of the verse that says it is better to give than to receive and how it really doesn’t make any sense and yet it is shown to be true when we actually live it out. The majority of these principles go against what our human nature wants, but man, the blessings that come from denying your flesh far outweigh the initial sacrifice it seems to be! Our example is Jesus, we want our lives to look like His did. But that doesn’t mean everyone is going to like us, life is easy, and then we get rewarded in heaven for living a good life. Press on, my friends. Dying to self isn’t easy but it is not something you’ll ever regret doing.