“Jesus was journeying towards Jerusalem, and on the way he took the Twelve aside, and said to them, ‘We are now going to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be given up to the chief priests and the doctors of the law ; they will condemn him to death and hand him over to the foreign power, to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and on the third day he will be raised to life again.’
“…Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that in the world, rulers lord it over their subjects, and their great men make them feel the weight of authority ; but it shall not be so with you. Among you, whoever wants to be great must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the willing slave of all — like the Son of Man; he did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give up his life as a ransom for many.'” Mathew 20:17-19; 25-28
I was reading these passages this morning, and in the midst was reminded of missionary Heidi Baker. She’s one of those in my ‘hall of heroes’. I remember the first time I heard her speak at a church in Harrisburg, PA back in late 2004. The crazy, over the top, enormous testimonies she told of God’s miraculous provisions were always followed up by “I’m not doing anything… I just love Jesus” – with all sincerity and great humility and childlikeness. I knew she was the real deal.
Not long after, she’d teach about going ‘lower still, lower still’ and after that about God looking for ‘laid down lovers’. “Lower still”, coming from this mouth of this laid down lover of Christ still gets to me. I’ve never experienced anyone human so unselfishly laying down their life, continuously, serving the poor and all Daddy God’s children. Yet in her humility, it’s still, ‘lower still’. She is a beautiful example of Christ’s picture of greatness.
What would this world look like if our leaders lived the reality of service vs to be served? From the lowest to the greatest. I think it would look like the world filled to overflowing with Love.