“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:8-12
I used to work as a doctor. I have to admit it felt good to have the respect of others for my profession, title and education. For many people look up to doctors. Although all healthcare is a team based approach the doctor is normally the one ultimately in charge. As a doctor you work very hard and you serve. But you also receive a certain amount of admiration from many people. The profession is well revered.
When I gave up my work as a doctor and gave up my medical license I went through a certain amount of grief and adjustment. It was something I had worked hard for many many years. When people asked what I do for a living I went from saying I am a doctor to saying I am an artist. The response from others went from “Oh your a doctor, Wow.” to “your an artist, why would you do that.” Let’s just say I do not receive the same amount of respect and admiration I once did.
But here is the important thing. Jesus taught that the greatest of us would be the servant. I may not have the title and admiration of being a doctor but I can still work to be a servant of others. I may not receive the admiration of people but I receive the admiration of my Heavenly Father. My life purpose does not need to be the top of the mountain but the best servant of others I am able to accomplish.
The world encourages us to be the best by being above others. But Jesus teaches us that the best are those who serve others. I often forget this and have to ask God to redirect my eyes and my focus. But it also reminds me that I should be more thankful and show gratitude to others whom I see exhibiting great servanthood. For they bring much praise to our Heavenly Father and need reminding of that our Heavenly Fathers loves and approval of them.
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