Positions, prestige, power…things the world looks at and sees success and significance. But what if the church of Jesus Christ did not seek positions? What if we didn’t measure our success by the title we have, the office we occupy or how many people report to us? What if we focused on our purpose to serve God and others in whatever capacity He opens for us to be in?
This was the lesson the Lord taught me through the story found in Matt. 20:20-28…
Two of Christ’s disciples wanted high positions of authority so they asked their mom to intercede to Jesus on their behalf. Jesus honored older women (as was in the Jewish/ Middle Eastern culture). He wouldn’t shame an older woman by saying no to her. So she asked Jesus if one of her sons can sit at his right hand and other at his left hand in His Kingdom. Jesus responded with respect by saying His Father is one who ordains positions and titles. And He informed them that having authority in His Kingdom came with a high price.
The disciples heard the rumors these two brothers were trying to wiggle their way into a high position with Jesus and they were outraged. Jesus called all His disciples to himself and told them not to seek position, power and authority, but to seek purpose. After all, His purpose was not to come to earth to be served but to serve others and give His life for many.
Jesus didn’t come to earth for a position but for a purpose!
Positions and titles do not give us significance, but purpose does. Understanding why we do what we do helps us to better appreciate the “what” we do. The “what” we do may look different, but the “why” we do it always remains constant. Titles, jobs, positions may look different but when we have the right purpose in mind, positions and titles do not matter!
May we be found faithful to serve God and serve others in whatever capacity He calls us to. May we never be known as people who are prickling people by trying to “get from them.” Rather, may we be a people who blossom and bloom to be the sweet aroma of serving others and building others up!
“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt. 20:26-28