“Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:42-45 (NIV)
The most notable quality of a servant is his interruptibility. Regardless of his mood or personal schedule, whether he is a willing or reluctant servant; regardless of his talents, skills, or education, or whether or not he’s paid, what marks him as a servant is his instant accessibility to the one he serves. Day and night he’s at the beck and call of his benefactor.
Being interruptible, being willing to arrest the momentum of your moment in order to focus on the needs of others, takes recognizing that you are not the world’s axis; the world does spin about the point on which you are standing.
[Even Jesus] who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross.
When we allow God to interrupt us in order to serve others, we are about God’s business and His Kingdom and what He ordains.
Jesus tells us that those who serve will be considered great in God’s Kingdom. God values people and He wants us to value others, too; so much so that we become willing to stop what we are doing and do what God is asking us to do in that moment.
How interruptible are you?
Oh boy, Father. I’m way too often about MY agenda and MY to-do list and where I need to be. I tend to charge ahead, avoiding eye contact and refusing to look around in case someone catches my eye and interrupts my momentum. Help me to remember that the greatest thing I can do besides loving you is to love others, and that takes being interruptible.