As humans one of the things we all seek is significance. The way we pursue this looks different for all of us.
Some pursue this by wanting to do something revolutionary or innovative. They want to be the first to do something or just want to do what they do better than anyone else. They’d like to be seen as significant because of their personal accomplishments.
Others seek significance through being useful to others. They find their significance in how much they can do to support, uplift, and accomplish for others. This is a very different type of significance than the first. This is significance through serving.
The first type of significance is not inherently evil. Just as the second type of significance is not inherently altruistic. I would argue, however, we all need to engage in serving one another. Whether we gain significance through it or not, we must learn to be servants to one another.
I’ve heard it said more than once; to be a good leader you must learn to be a good follower. Humility is not a sought after quality in most circles today. Humility is seen as weakness to many. We want those who are subordinate to us to have humility but rarely think it’s necessary for us.
If we are believers, we are called to be servants. There is no way to escape this truth.
” 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ” – Mark 10:43-45
Who are you serving this week? How could you better serve those around you? How will you pursue humility and seek to encourage and uplift those around you? Even Jesus came not to be served but to serve.
I think we can manage it as well.