The apostles got into an argument about which one of them was the greatest. So Jesus told them: Foreign kings order their people around, and powerful rulers call themselves everyone’s friends. But don’t be like them. The most important one of you should be like the least important, and your leader should be like a servant. Who do people think is the greatest, a person who is served or one who serves? Isn’t it the one who is served? But I have been with you as a servant. Luke 22:24-27 (CEV)
Oftentimes, we compare ourselves to others to figure out how we are better than they are. We tend to look for the weaknesses in others and match them to our strengths. But God calls us to do things a different way. Instead of trying to figure out how we are better than others, we should be looking for ways to help them. We should look for ways to build them up. We can spend our time helping them past their weaknesses by filling in where they need support. We could look for areas where they need support and fill in the gaps. We can spend our time serving others instead of waiting for others to serve us.
God, thank you for reminding me of the importance of serving others. Bring someone across my path today that I can help. Show me the best way to help them and reflect your love to them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.