Luke 22:24–30 (ESV)
Who Is the Greatest?
24 A dispute also arose
among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest
among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Judas betrayed Jesus and is a sinner. While at the table the others prove they too are sinners by getting caught up in a dispute on who is the greatest. All are in need of a Savior. Jesus points out
that Kings have authority over the people in their kingdom and those people serve the king. We often dream of being in authority and having people serve us, but Jesus is showing that even though he is a king, he has come to serve, not to be served.
To be the greatest is to humble yourself and to serve others. Let us imitate Christ and serve others.
I pray: O heavenly Father, help me to be a servant to you and to others. Help me to put
others before myself. Strip away the sinful desires to have others serve us and shape and mold us to serve others according to your will. Forgive me and guide me. Amen.