Matthew 20:20-22 —– Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.” But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.”
Healing and teaching the Word of God was only one part of Jesus’ ministry. He also came to give us His life in service to the world. Jesus displays the “Final Answer” on the cross.
During the Last Supper with His disciples, Jesus knew that Judas would betray Him, that Peter would deny Him and the rest would flee. Yet He still loved them because His love for us stays the same forever.
If you knew that your friends who were around you for the last three and a half years were about to betray you or reject you, would you be able to humble yourself and wash their feet? Jesus did exactly that! Jesus by His own example shows that if we wish to be great, we have to have a servant’s heart towards fellow brothers and sisters.
Let’s try comparing the difference between a slave of this world and a slave to Jesus
- The worldly slave has no choice and is taken by force. Love is only for oneself. Relationship is forced and there only to serve the master.
- A slave in the Kingdom of God is purified by demonstrations of selflessness. Choice is given freely. Love is for others and not self. Relationship is not forced but greatly desired by both parties.
So, back to our question. How do you become a slave to Jesus? By making the choice to love Him and have a relationship with Him. Surrender to Him and let Him cover you with His robe of righteousness. He did the work, you must make the choice. When you really understand that He did it all, then you will want to be His slave and do anything for Him, because you know that He would do anything for you!
Matthew 20:28 — Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Life is the sum total of our words, emotions, thoughts, dreams, actions. Jesus is saying as a human was willing to set aside His own desires and instead follow God’s will and sacrifice His life on the Cross.
A servant does not give orders, he takes orders, and we have to be servants by choice. We are saved by Christ’s active obedience and passive obedience and by not only what he did, but under what authority he did what he did.