What Jesus Did! 'The Greatness of Our Lord' — Luke 22:24-27

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Later the apostles began to argue about which one of them was the most important. But Jesus said to them, "The kings of the world rule over their people. Men who have authority over other people make the people call them 'great helpers of the people.' But you must not be like that. The greatest person should become like the youngest person! Leaders should be like servants. Who is more important: the person sitting at the table or the person serving him? You think the person sitting at the table is more important. But I am like a servant among you!"
— Luke 22:24-27 NLT
Illustration of Luke 22:24-27 NLT — "The kings of the world rule over their people."

Key Thought

You can usually tell who the important people are by those who wait on them and by those to whom they can give orders. Not in Jesus' Kingdom! Jesus reminds his disciples (including us today) that as the Master and Lord, he could order folks around, but instead he serves them. That is the definition of greatness in Jesus' Kingdom. So let's honestly ask ourselves how well we stack up on the greatness scale of the Master!

Today's Prayer

Righteous and merciful Father, I confess to you that I sometimes use the wrong criteria when evaluating the importance of a person. This causes me to desire status, rank, and recognition rather then leading me to serve others without drawing attention to myself. Please forgive me. Mold my heart by your Holy Spirit to serve others just as your Son has served and blessed me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Peter 5:1-4
  • John 13:12-17
  • Luke 9:48

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.