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Matthew 20:20-21 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to [Jesus] with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”
Jesus’ response to this mother’s request is exactly as countercultural as I have come to expect: “Whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant.” He lets us know that in his kingdom—in God’s house—there are no rulers, leaders, or tyrants. In God’s estimation, we are all winners, and our greatness is achieved in serving each other.
God, as this busy season approaches, help me remember that greatness is not about being the best but about serving others. Amen.
MOVING FORWARD: Do something today that you may not excel at and offer it as a service and kindness for others.
Today the Church remembers Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, 1637.