There is a great contrast between the world’s value system and the Lord’s. The danger for believers is that we can easily slip into the culture’s way of thinking without realizing that our perspective is out of line with God’s.
This is vividly illustrated in the request of James and John’s mother. She wanted greatness and honor for her sons but sought it in a manner contrary to the Lord’s ways, which caused discord among the disciples. Self-promotion isn’t the way to esteem or harmony with others. Jesus’ life illustrates the exact opposite. He didn’t come to be served but to serve and give up His life to ransom lost sinners (Matt. 20:28).
As Christians, we are to emulate Jesus’ submission to the Father and spirit of servanthood. Whether in ministry or secular employment, we must consider ourselves as servants and our work as being under the Lord’s authority. This means we are to humble ourselves and submit to those who are in charge, valuing them and even overlooking bothersome character traits or habits—we are to serve them as if we were serving Christ Himself. We may never be applauded for our work here on earth, but our reward is in heaven.
Bible in One Year: Ezekiel 29-31
From In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley