Being the Best

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From top 10 lists to award shows to the annual richest people in the world magazine issues, not to mention the “vote off everyone but the winner” TV shows, it would seem that the world is focused on trying to figure out who’s the best.  Of course, there are lots of ways to evaluate who’s in the lead:  the wealthiest, the most powerful, the best singer, the best performer, the one who loses the most weight, the one who survives challenges and the intrigue of personal relationships and alliances or the one who creates and successfully finishes the best project or event.  Apparently, if you believe the mavens of media, these are the most highly prized abilities in the world.

Jostling for rank and position is not a new thing (in case you hadn’t noticed!).  Did you know that even Jesus’ disciples dealt with this?  One day on the road to Capernaum, they argued about who was the greatest (Mk. 9:33-34).  Later, James & John ask Jesus to have the top spots in His coming Kingdom, which angers the other disciples, who probably had their eyes on those spots too (Mk 10:35-41)!

But Jesus threw out all the common criteria for deciding who the best is.  Jesus said that in His Kingdom, it is not about wealth, power, position or performance.  It is about humility and service.  In His kingdom, wanting to lord it over others, puts you last.  Instead, to be superior, you need to serve.  This is a challenge to our way of looking at the world.  But Jesus shows us a new way to live:  the way He did!  “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  So, to follow Him, we are called to give our lives in service.  Jesus’ life reveals that this kind of life is not the easiest, but it is the best!  Whom will you serve today?

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