THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
HUMILITY IN GREATNESS – 2
May 22, 2018
Today’s gospel: Mark 9:30-37
apostles “had been discussing among themselves on the
way who was the greatest.” (v.34b). Now our theme this
year is “Destined for Greatness.” We have been
discussing and will continue to discuss about our call to
greatness and the great work we are supposed to do. This is
to understand God’s call, so that we can strive to be
and do what God wants for us. It is not so that we will fall
into sinful pride.
do we keep from falling into sinful pride?
it is to know the meaning of authentic servant leadership.
It is basically this: the leader is the servant. “If
anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and
the servant of all.” (v.35b). In the Kingdom, the greatest
is the least, the first is the last, the high is the lowly.
Servant leaders are not to be served but to serve, and give
their lives as a ransom for the many. Such lowliness precludes
it is to take on the posture of a little child. “Taking
a child he placed it in their midst” (v.36a). A child
has nothing to boast of. He is totally dependent on grown-ups,
he has no lofty status in the community, he has no great track
record of accomplishments. Servant leaders of course are capable,
though dependent upon God, have high positions in the body,
though use such for service, and can achieve great things,
though give the glory only to God.
it is to be at the service of the poor and lowly. “Whoever
receives one child such as this in my name, receives me”
(v.37a). It is to serve the last, the least and the lost.
Given the status of children then, they represented the anawim,
the poor in spirit. Servant leaders are not in the environment
of high society, or the company of the rich and famous, or
in the corridors of power. They do not strut around like the
Pharisees. They hold on to nothing that can foment sinful
it is to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, in humble obedience
to God. “Whoever receives me, receives not me but the
One who sent me.” (v.37b). Jesus humbled himself, accepting
death on the cross. He is the King of kings, he is our Lord
and Master, he is the Savior. But he came as a babe in the
manger, had nowhere to lay his head, suffered ignominy at
the hands of men, and descended into a dark tomb. No sinful
pride there, as should be the case with us.
discussing our theme for this year. But as the Lord asks you,
“What were you arguing about on the way?” (v.33b),
make sure you keep on the right track, seeking only to deepen
your understanding of the true meaning of greatness in Christ.