“Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” —Mark 10:43–45
Service is at the heart of our Teacher’s ministry. A disciple’s goal is to do as the Teacher does. Jesus shows us this odd way of leadership and authority. Instead of the people serving Jesus, Jesus serves them.
Jesus calls us to think differently about how and why we serve others. He doesn’t ask us to pick and choose who gets our attention. We are to serve all.
What does it mean today to be a servant leader? Ask yourselves, “How’s our service? Are we serving as our Teacher does?”
This message by Valora K Starr is an excerpt from the fall 2016 issue of Interchange, the newsletter of Women of the ELCA.