In the ninth chapter of Mark Jesus says to his disciples “If anyone wants to be first he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” It is important to note that he says this immediately after he predicts his death and resurrection. In other words, Mark links the theme of servanthood to the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Likewise the Apostle Paul, in the book of Philippians, links these themes. Jesus, says Paul, took on the “very nature of a servant... and became obedient to death- even death on a
cross.” Then he writes, “Therefore God exalted Him and gave him the name that is above every name”. Paul is urging those of us who are followers of Jesus to do what Jesus did. Servanthood is essential to our identity as Christians. Far from being humiliating, this is a beautiful truth.
We can draw some important conclusions here. One is that when we are acting like or living like servants we are being who we were made to be. A life of servanthood is genuinely consistent with what we are.
Secondly, we may think of a life of servanthood as a life of humility, and to some extent it is. Nonetheless, a life of servanthood is also a life of great dignity. Jesus exalts those who humble themselves and serve as he served.
Therefore we ought to embrace the life of servanthood. In fact we can do more than embrace it, we can find joy in it! This is at least a part of the good news of the Gospel.
~Pastor Arlan Koppendrayer