“Even as the Son of man came
not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for
many.” (Matthew 20:28)
The past two weeks, I have
memorized the previous verses:
“But it shall
not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your
minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:”
We can argue our case of “why I
can’t do that” or “why I shouldn’t be the servant” until we read “Even as the Son of Man came . . .” Jesus Christ –
the One Who Created me – came to minister . . . to me! He willingly bowed so
low that He left His glory to live in the filth of earth among the filth of men
. . . for our sakes! If Jesus Christ
did so much for me, who am I to say that I cannot do so much for Him and
others? It is simply ridiculous for us to assume such a lofty position to
refuse to serve.
A good parallel passage for Matthew
20:26-28 is Philippians 2:5-11: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in
Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a
servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a
man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which
is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things
in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every
tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
What verse are you working on
memorizing this week?
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your
This continues the thought from last week, but in itself is
a good single verse to remember. In girls’ language: “Am I trying to be the
popular girl, or the girl behind the scenes?” As I ponder this, I realize that
it goes much deeper than the doing
level. It penetrates to the motive. I
might be a “servant-girl” on the outside but inwardly yearning to be that popular girl over there. Or, I might be that servant-girl with the motive to be noticed and exalted. May we strive to keep
our motives – as well as our actions – obedient to this verse.
What verse have you memorized this week?
If you have not reviewed all of your memory verses, why don’t you take a few
minutes to go over them slowly?