Everyone is a VIP


After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you discussing out on the road?” But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:33-35

Here’s one of those red letter things that is simple in concept but hard to do. Jesus interrupted the disciples’ argument about which of them was the greatest by  telling them, if they want to be great, then take the last place in line and be the servant of all.

Be always looking for the least and the lowest, and get in the back of the line with those folks. Don’t have someone hold you a place further up the line. Take the last place, and consider yourself the servant of everyone around you.

How do you do that? It starts in your own mind where you put yourself below everyone else, and then you begin to find out what their reality is like and what they need. They might not see you as their servant — that’s not the point — being a servant is in your mind. That’s the way you see yourself in relation to everyone else. You put yourself below the lowest and you put yourself in their shoes and try to find out what they need.

For me, this is a major shift of interest. I like being my own theme park.  I like being special. I like being set apart. I like the green room, the artist cabin, the escort through the line … in short, I like being somebody and getting the VIP treatment. The problem is, I’m not the VIP. Well, I am important in God’s eyes, but in my eyes, everyone else is important. It’s in my eyes where all the important people are. In my eyes, everyone is a VIP.

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8 Responses to Everyone is a VIP

  1. Many people go through life asking themselves, “What is in it for me?” However, this ultimately leads to a shallow existence and a feeling of emptiness. Life lived “all about me” can be a very lonely experience. Instead of asking “What about me?” we should start asking, “What about we?” In other words, how can I help others? How can I brighten someone else’s day? How can I make the world better for everyone?

    In Proverbs we read this powerful message: “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.” By telling us to bind it to our necks and inscribe it on our hearts, [Solomon] was teaching us that we ought to make kindness – as well as truth – a major part of who we are both inside and out.

    Everyone can perform acts of kindness today. Speak some encouraging words to someone who is down. Cook a hot meal for someone alone or hungry. Help someone run an errand, or offer your seat on the crowded bus to another person. Even something as simple as asking, “What can I do for YOU today” can enrich your life as well as many others.

    Make kindness a priority today!

    Excerpted from Holy Land Moments Daily Devotional (04-12-18):
    “What about We?” by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

  2. Suzanne says:

    Bob I enjoy your comments! Thank you

  3. John A Fagliano says:

    John, I think you nailed it. The servant sees the needs of others better than the leader does.

  4. Sandie says:

    How interesting that Bobby and I read the same passage today! Larry Crabbe went deeper than the usual take on being a servant when he wrote about Jesus washing his disciple’s feet. Yes, Jesus was showing us how to be humble and serve. But Larry rolled the tape back a little further by pointing out what Jesus gave up, what He walked away from, to be that servant. He, more than any other man present, deserved to have His feet washed in turn….but He turned down that right. Because we are made in God’s image, we also have rights,,,the right to be loved and respected; to expect kindness and consideration, to be appreciated,,,but sin, Adam’s and ours, has put its nasty stamp there. Nevertheless, we still expect these things as a natural right and are put out of sorts when it doesn’t happen. We have to give up our right to be served, just as Jesus did.

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