“THE SUPREMACY OF SERVICE”
Greetings precious hearts in the wonderful name of our soon coming King, Jesus Christ the righteous. It is a blessed privilege to be servant leader to so great a people as O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly. I am delighted to share a thought with you, as we enter into another month. It is the thought of being a servant in God’s kingdom that looms large in my spirit.
As Jesus’ disciples, believing that the Kingdom had indeed come, they grappled with who would have what position of authority in that kingdom. Our Lord taught them a core principal about the character of that kingdom. In Mark’s Gospel, chapter ten, beginning at verse forty-two to verse forty-five, we find these words:
(42) But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
(43) But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
(44) And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
(45) For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Our Lord contrasts the spirit that is in the world, and was even in the disciples (as illustrated by James and John, the sons of Zebedee). The worldly attitude is that greatness is defined by power over others. The more people you control, the greater you are. Oh, that all of God’s people would see conflict as a teachable moment. Jesus called His disciples to Him and began to instruct them. He did not react impatiently. I would have probably been very irritated with them. After all, hadn’t they been with Him since the beginning of His ministry? Hadn’t they followed Him from place to place, watching Him demonstrate the power of God in loving and
miraculous ways? Why didn’t they get the message? So, He patiently and thoughtfully taught them. The way of the world was not to be their way. Quite the contrary, whoever would be great among God’s people must first become their servant. Then He extends the thought to its conclusion: and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. Put into our terms, the more one desires to lead, the more one must serve. The more one is promoted, gifted, exalted or elevated, the more one must be the servant of others.
What a contrary idea! What a novel notion! It opposes the notion that seems so basic to every instinct. There is no ‘survival of the fittest’ here. There is no ‘first come, first served’. There is no ‘rank has its privileges’. Here is the heart of service. For if the very God of Heaven and Earth could humble himself to be the servant and to give His life a ransom for many (to as many as would believe on Him), how could any of His followers do differently? He has set before us an inescapable example. It is enough for the servant to be as his Lord.
I believe that in this moment, there is a reminder to the household of faith of the importance of service. This is what we have all been called to do. God is calling us to service. To serve the greater good. To serve the kingdom of God. To serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
Bishop Gregory Wells, Sr.
Bishop Wells, Sr., D.D.