Serving and being served are two principles that separate life from death. This world allows two behaviours to lead in opposite directions. Either a person serves or is beings served by others. Being served appeals to humanity as giving comfort. Serving others is identified with slavery and is abhorred. Most people aim at being served, rather than serving others.
The champion of our salvation emphasized the principle of serving others, rather than being served. Ordinary humanity, disliking challenges, desires comfort, possible when being served. When Jesus stated having come to grant freedom to prisoners, most people assumed being freed from serving others.
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. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—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” (Matthew 20:25-28 NIV).
The toiling masses of this world aim at greatness. School children aim at sterling results, for the purpose of achieving greatness. However, in a bamboozled society, greatness is assumed as achievable when being served, rather than serving others. Jesus said whoever desires greatness must adopt the idea of serving others.
Celebrities, attracting the admiration of other people, reveal another example of achieving greatness in service. In sports, celebrities are considered achievers, due to hard-working in their professions. The same applies to other areas, where greatness is achieved as a result of hard work.
The meaningfulness of hard work is dependent upon bringing joy to others. A hard-working farmer, who reaps bountifully, for self, is not necessarily in the category of greatness. This is different from a farmer whose bountiful harvests cater for the needy, in his community.
And he told them this parable. “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “you have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’” (Matthew 12:16-20 NIV).
Common people do not consider the idea of serving other people, admirably. Being served is what leads to misery among poor nations and poor families. However, those selflessly serving others are the ones who commonly reach the status of being idolized, as opposed to those enslaving others.