In our journey to mature spirituality, we must not escape that quality which characterized the life of Jesus Christ so perfectly, the quality of unselfish servanthood. Either we will seek to serve ourselves, a choice that nullifies our capacity to live as disciples, or we will learn to live as servants out of a faith relationship with our Father through Christ.
In today’s gospel, we receive the seven principles of servanthood.
Principle #1: God owes us nothing, but we owe Him everything.
“We have given up everything and followed you.” (Mk 10:28)
Principle #2: When we serve, we must be ready to give up everything for God.
“..who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for (Jesus’) sake and for the sake of the gospel” (Mk 10:29).
Principle #3: When we serve and give up everything, we will be tremendously blessed.
“..will fail to receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands” (Mk 10:30a).
Principle #4: Persecutions come with service.
“..and with them, persecutions” (Mk 10:30b).
Principle #5: The first will be last.
“..but many that are first will be last” (Mk 10:31a).
Principle #6: The last will be first.
“..the last will be first” (Mk 10:31b).
Principle #7: The ultimate reward of a servant is eternal life.
“..eternal life in the age to come” (Mk 10:30c).
Are you, in submission to the Lord and to others, seeking to serve, or are you seeking to be served to fulfill your wants?
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