FOR THURSDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 22:24-30
“But you’re not going to be that way! Rather, the greatest among you must be like the youngest, and your leader must be like a servant.” (Luke 22:26; GOD’S WORD Translation)
Have you ever played “King of the Hill” as a child? I did. I would stand on top of a small hill and proclaim myself to be King of the Hill. Then my cousins and pals would begin a free-for-all effort to knock me off the hill, usurp my throne and take my position. This game is an “every man for himself” kind of competition, ending up with the biggest and the strongest of us as the winner. A lot of our life today is like playing this kind of game.
Dr. David Winkle imagined what this game would look like if the nature of this game was changed. What if it was being played by people who truly had a servant hearts, like Jesus? “The king would be helping others up the hill, rather than pushing and shoving them down. It would change both the object of the game, and the end result. In the end, everyone would be standing atop the hill together” (sundayeducation.com).
This may not be reflected in much of our society, yet, it looks a lot like what we in the church are called to be as we follow in the steps of Jesus.
PRAYER: Help us, Heavenly Father, to trust in You and Your ways as we live in this competitive world so that we may choose the life of service and love. Amen.
[*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Daily Office Lectionary]