March 2 - A Ruler or a Servant?

By Fannie Mae Hall

Today's Scripture: Mark 10:42-45

Central Thought: True greatness is not determined by one's earthly status or power but by willingness to serve.

    Picture the most powerful leader on earth holding a training session for aspiring leaders, each of them vying for a top spot in the leader's administration. Discerning their inability to understand true leadership, the leader asks his admirers if they can endure the challenges it will take to get to the top. The naive wannabes immediately assure him they are ready to face any challenge.

    In the above scenario, Jesus used His disciples' struggle for power to teach them about true greatness. He told them that the rulers of the Gentiles use leadership to lord it over people, enjoying the use of their authority. Jesus went so far as to say that type of leadership is not to be found among His followers, that the one who chooses greatness must first be a servant, addressing the needs of others instead of his own.

    Today, as in Jesus' day, we see people using position and power to rule over others: in the home, in the marketplace, and in government. But just as Jesus instructed His disciples, He instructs us (who can be tempted with the same desire for greatness) to choose service to others over the desire for earthly power.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to always choose servant leadership over the desire for power and authority.

Today's Bible Reading: Leviticus 25:47-27:13; Mark 10:32-52; Psalm 45:1-17; Proverbs 10:22