The Abundant Servant
“The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23.11NIV).
God’s Kingdom seems upside down, but in actuality, it makes sense when we apply it to real life. Jesus says the greatest will be the one who serves. This doesn’t make sense to us, but when we apply His words to parenthood, we will come to understand. When a baby is born to her mother and father, she is completely helpless. She is unable to feed, clothe or shelter herself. The one who is able to help is the one who has the resources and ability to provide. The one who feeds is the one with the food. The one who clothes is the one with the wardrobe. The one who shelters is the one with a home. However, the one who receives takes out of her lack. Therefore, the mom and dad serve their baby girl from their abundance because she still has need. That is why Jesus came to the earth. He has ownership of the boundless wealth of God our Father because He is God’s Son. He chose to leave His spiritual throne, wrapping on physical flesh, so He could bring that abundance—God’s wealth—to His beloved Children, to us! For this reason, Jesus is the supreme example of a servant, and He wants to bless us with His resources and abilities, so we can in turn serve others. There is nothing wrong with having a blessed life when those blessings feed the hungry, clothe the poor and shelter the homeless—including the children in our own homes. When we love Jesus above all else, we will change into His likeness—we will transform into servants bringing God’s abundance to our families and the world.
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for his the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” – Mother Teresa