“So the last will be first and the first will be last. You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many”.
In the kingdom of God, it's not about seeking more power, fame, money, knowledge, or influence in order to be able to achieve more or succeed more – instead its about asking for more love, more grace, more wisdom, more humility, more strength in order to serve more.
We can have this counter cultural motivation because our personal reward, our identity and future, is secure. Just like the workers in the vineyard our portion is dependant on our gracious Master, and He has already given us everything He has! It is not dependant on our ‘work’ or achievement. We no longer have to measure up to the standards of humanity. And this beautiful reality frees us to truly follow Jesus’ example in verses 17 – 28 of Matthew 20, and be last, be a servant.
But we are servant’s with an unshakeable peace and a deep sense of security in Him. We are servants that seek justice on the streets and salvation in the neighbourhoods today, as we know that the outcome at the end of the day is sure!