Have you ever looked at a statement made by the Lord Jesus Christ and wondered, “How on earth could I ever live like that?”
Jesus made some very startling statements to his disciples. He taught them how to live a life that was pleasing to God. He also taught them how things worked in the Kingdom of God, compared to how things were done by those in the world. One of the things He taught them was humility. He did this on several occasions. Jesus Himself walked in humility, and He wanted them to be just like Him.
While Jesus walked with His disciples, He looked for teaching moments where He could explain to them an important truth. You will notice that He didn’t wait until sometime later, but taught them as the situation arose, as you can see in this following passage:
“Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, ‘What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road? ‘
“But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be greatest.
“And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.’ ” Mark 9:33-35 NKJV.
Can you imagine the disciples of Jesus arguing who among them would be the greatest? Sometimes you may want to shake your head in amazement. Yet what Jesus said to them was equally amazing. He told them that, in order to become the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven, you had to become the least of all and the servant of all.
Many of us desire to do our best to please God. Yet, when we come across a statement like the one we just read, we may wonder how we could ever do that? We seem to have no idea how we would go about practicing what Jesus taught His disciples to do.
It wasn’t long before Jesus had to deal with this issue again among His disciples. On another occasion two of His desires requested that they be allowed to sit on His right hand and His left when He ruled in His Kingdom. They even got their mother to petition Jesus on their behalf.
Once again Jesus saw an opportunity to teach His disciples about humility. He wanted them to understand how the Father viewed greatness in His Kingdom, and how it differed from what the disciples saw in the world. You can see this in the following passage:
“But Jesus called them to Himself and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 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 a ransom for many.’ ” (See Matthew 20:20-28 NKJV).
Here Jesus showed the great contrast between the way things are done in the world, and the way things are done in the Kingdom of Heaven. Although we are in the world, we are not of the world, and we should not act and think like the world. Jesus told His disciples to be just like Him, for He did not come into the world to be served, but to serve others. He was the servant of all, and He was willing to give His life as a ransom for all mankind. That is true humility!
Now you may wonder how you could ever do what Jesus taught and be the servant of all? It all has to do with how you see yourself. Do you see yourself as being more important than others? Do you see yourself as someone others should serve? It is all about the image you have of yourself in your mind. If you have a sanctified imagination, you would see yourself as not being greater than anyone else. You would also see yourself as the servant of everyone you meet. You would seek to always be a service to someone, instead of being served. That is what it means to have the mind of a saint. That is who you are.
As you know, this will not change over night. However, as you develop this image of yourself in your mind, it will begin to transform your thinking with everyone you meet throughout your day. Before you know it, it will become second nature to you, and you will find it will be your natural practice to walk in humility with everyone who comes across your path. You will soon discover that you are a servant of all.
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]