Jesus knew what was going on in the minds and hearts of his own disciples and he sets before them a supra-cultural, timeless principle that we all must allow to form our character and thinking. “And He sat down and called the twelve. And He said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35). Notice the steps in this short statement that reinforce the point:
· “And He sat down and called the twelve.” The importance of this point required that Jesus take time out from His ministry to teach His disciples. He drew them into this teachable moment by putting everything else aside. They had to come to One who was serving them.
· Jesus applied this principles to everyone by saying, “If anyone would be first”. There is no exception! That includes you and me!
· There is also no other way; “he must be last of all”. I find this extremely challenging and know that I have failed miserably in obeying Jesus’ instruction. But our failure does not give us a detour around the imperative. “I must be last of all”!
· It is one thing to take the last place at any occasion, it is another to “be…a servant of all.” This is what Jesus has done in coming into this world. As His representative, I have no choice but to do the same.
As challenging as this is, we must take on this attitude if we are going to be His witnesses and see the Holy Spirit work through us.