Now is the Time to Serve-Luke 22:24-30

Luke 22:24-30 “Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Luca 22:24-30 “Fra di loro nacque anche una contesa: chi di essi fosse considerato il più grande. 25 Ma egli disse loro: «I re delle nazioni le signoreggiano, e quelli che le sottomettono al loro dominio sono chiamati benefattori. 26 Ma per voi non deve essere così; anzi, il più grande tra di voi sia come il più piccolo, e chi governa come colui che serve. 27 Perché, chi è più grande: colui che è a tavola oppure colui che serve? Non è forse colui che è a tavola? Ma io sono in mezzo a voi come colui che serve. 28 Or voi siete quelli che avete perseverato con me nelle mie prove; 29 e io dispongo che vi sia dato un regno, come il Padre mio ha disposto che fosse dato a me, 30 affinché mangiate e beviate alla mia tavola nel mio regno, e sediate su troni per giudicare le dodici tribù d’Israele.”

The dispute over who was greater among them seems to be an ongoing discussion among the disciples even though Jesus has already cautioned them not to think like the Gentiles. This was also quite a surprising conversation since Jesus has just told them that one of them would betray him. The principles of God’s kingdom fall contrary to the efforts that still motivate our world today.
How do we follow the principles of Jesus when no one else follows these rules? We will be stepped on, stepped over and side-stepped. We will be considered weak, spineless and without ambition. This is still one area where even the structuralism of the church can be adversely affected.
Jesus has told these disciples that His life was the ultimate demonstration of this principle. What does Jesus actually say that the principles of the kingdom should look like? Rather than wanting to be the greatest, we should desire to be the one who serves. The word “serves” literally means deacon. Jesus then illustrates this in their presence at the Passover meal. The question on who is greater at the table, the rulers or the servers, is easily understood. But Jesus reminds them that He is at the table to serve. The disciples should stop thinking about positions of honor and greatness in the eyes of man, but follow the example set right before them.
Ultimately, they will have their reward in positions at the grand table of the Lord on Judgment Day, but now was the time for them to serve and not sit.
Pray with me: Lord, I have read verses like this before and still struggle with how to live in a world so driven in principles contrary to Yours. Help me to avoid the trap of trusting what seems to work but neglects my trust in You to be a “deacon” in my world.



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