25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do?” It’s a picture of someone telling another how to live or act without being willing to live or act that way themselves. We are imperfect people in need of a perfect savior. I am an imperfect dad, and I know there are times I tell my kids to do something or respond in a way I’m not doing myself. I’m telling them to obey what I say, not what I do. But Jesus is not like that. Jesus told us to serve, to love, to sacrifice, to die to self, to take up our crosses. But He didn’t just tell us to do that, He did it Himself. He, Himself, served. He, Himself, loved at all costs. He, Himself, sacrificed. He, Himself, died to self. And He literally took up His cross. We can rest in the truth that we have a perfect Savior and a perfect Teacher. Jesus not only taught us how to live, but lived as our perfect example. Today and this week, how can you die to self and serve those around you with the love of Jesus?