“And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” – Mark 9:35 (KJV)
Many men are leery of the concept of servanthood. While they understand the need to love their fellow man and to live honest, virtuous lives – somehow the idea of being a servant seems to make no sense. They can understand being helpful, even occasionally going out of their way to lend a helping hand. But, consistently putting others first and themselves last is a strange concept. It doesn’t seem practical. Yet, Jesus stated this on more than one occasion. In the Gospel of Mark, Christ said, “…If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” This needs to be understood in context. His disciples had been arguing about which of them would be the greatest in His coming kingdom. They all wanted to be first. Jesus, however, informed them that if they truly wanted to be first, they must put themselves last in their lives. It depended on how badly they wanted exalted positions in Heaven. If they served others, God would see to it that they were rewarded immensely. But, if they didn’t want to pay that price, they’d still go to Heaven; they just wouldn’t be as greatly rewarded. There was no compulsion. It was up to them. Christ commanded, “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” (Matthew 6:20 KJV), and He told them a surefire way to obtain that treasure. So, my question to you is this: How badly do you want eternal rewards?