"The greatest among you shall be your servant." Matthew 23:11 ESV
Since the beginning of time, man has been inclined to chase titles and fame. We seek labels that identify us and assign worth to our identity; Athlete, CEO, Entrepreneur, Politician, etc. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying our chosen professions, and to work hard to be the best we can be in our jobs. The problem is in our attitudes. Do we self-aggrandize, or as the verse today suggests, we become a servant. This attitude applies not only to our jobs but in everything we do. In every relationship, in every interaction, we are to demonstrate the humility of the servant.
Jesus turned the world on its ear during his ministry. He challenged the human standards of this world, with the holy rule of his Father. Titles held no meaning; the importance was placed on becoming the servant, "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted (12)." Here was the Messiah, the King of kings, who instead of behaving like an earthly king, willingly chose to rule as a servant.
Our Holy Father, we give you all honor and glory. You sent your Son as an example of what it means to be a servant. Please help us in everything we do today reflect the humility of Christ. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.