Foundation Texts: Mark 10:35-45
To begin with, it is important that we have a Biblical definition of the word servant, or duolos in the Greek, used here in verse 45: One who gives himself up to another’s will; someone devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests. A doulos then describes a person whose life is consecrated to Jesus Christ and then used by Christ in extending and advancing His cause among men.
It is interesting that in this section where the question is asked and then answered about greatness in the Kingdom, Jesus does not discourage the desire to be great; rather, He defines it.
So, in His teaching about greatness, we are really being taught a lesson on the nature of Jesus because He is, and always will be, the greatest in the Kingdom of God. In the Kingdom of God, the power pyramid of the world is inverted. The order is reversed. In the Kingdom of God, authority is on the bottom. In the kingdom of God, the greater the authority, the larger the towel.
So vital is this servant attitude, or the mind of Christ (Phil 2:3-8), that our lives will be borderline boring until we come to the place where we choose to imitate our Master and be the servant of all.
JESUS, OUR EXAMPLE OF SERVING:
Isaiah 42:1-4 Behold My Servant (a servant of the Lord does not serve man) whom I uphold (a servant of the Lord is held up by His strength), My elect, in whom My soul delights ( a servant of the Lord delights the heart of His Master); I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
He will not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street (a servant of the Lord does not draw attention to himself/herself). A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax.
He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth (the Lord’s servant is compassionate).
He will not fail nor be discouraged (the Lord s servant is optimistic), till He has established justice in the earth; and the isles shall wait for His law.