The world is obsessed with status and entitlement. It was as true in the ancient world as it is today. Jesus’ choice to lead by serving stood in stark contrast to the rulers and culture of His day. Although Jesus is entitled to the highest respect and honor in the universe, people ignored, despised, and mistreated Him. They rejected His message of love and reconciliation and living humbly with God and others. Yet Jesus did not complain or lash out in retaliation. He steadfastly chose service over entitlement. He showed us what it looks like for great leaders to exalt God only. In what way does His example challenge or encourage you to do the same?

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28

Prayer: Jesus, lead me to focus on Your message and follow Your example as I step into this day. In Your name I pray, amen.

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