|Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries
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By Rev. Wayne Palmer
February 25, 2016
(Jesus said) “Who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27).
Read Luke 22:24-27.
With infinite patience Jesus responds to His disciples’ strife about which of them will be considered the greatest. He reminds them they are thinking the way worldly people do-striving for recognition and self-promotion. His followers will follow a different path.
The greatest among His people will regard themselves as though they were the youngest, the lowest people who have absolutely no claim over anyone else. Christian leaders will be humble people who pour themselves out in lowly service. And these apostles, when they go out to share the good news about what Jesus accomplished for all people, will go out as equals, serving the same cause, sharing the same Gospel.
That is why pastors are called ministers. That title reminds us of Jesus’ humble, lowly service to us. Like Him, pastors don’t do their work for their own glory or recognition, but for the benefit of those around them, and for the glory of their Savior Jesus Christ.
As He lays aside the water basin and towel and resumes His place at the table, He brings their focus back to Himself. He is the glorious Son of God, yet He set aside that glory and became human. He reminds them that He has come to serve, and not to be served. He will soon show them the greatest example of lowly, self-sacrifice as He offers Himself unto death to remove our guilt and sin.
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, my world seeks fame, honor, glory and distinction. But You alone deserve this attention. Give me joy in humbly serving, just as You stooped down to serve each of us. Amen.