Yet it shall not be so with you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Matt 20:28)
The word ransom signifies a release from slavery or captivity brought about by the payment of a price. Jesus willingly provided His own life as a ransom for us—in obedience to His Father’s plan to provide salvation to all mankind.
We have been released from slavery to sin. We are free now to serve the Lord in holiness, humility and righteousness!
Living a life of true humility means that we direct all glory and praise to God. We willingly give Him all of the credit for any good things that we may have accomplished in life. We rejoice in His ways and His truths. We are glad that in giving God all of the credit, He removes every opportunity for stumbling far from us.
Truly, what do any of us have that we didn’t receive? (1 Cor 4:6-7) Everything that we have is a free gift—whether skills, pedigree, possessions, or wit.
True greatness—eternal greatness—only comes through serving Christ and our Heavenly Father by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Happily, we have free will so that we may make the choice to serve the Lord of Glory. Hallelujah!