We sure like titles don’t we? Regional Manager, District Supervisor, Vice President, Executive Director, Chairman of the Board, President. You never see a letterhead or an ID badge with “Flunky” on it! Even the low man on the to totem pole will be called “Management Trainee.”
We want everyone to know we are somebody. Then comes Jesus and says “Not so in the Kingdom. The greatest will be the least. Greatness will be found through service” (read Matthew 20:20-28 and John 13:1-17). What an upside down world we live in. Imagine moving up by bending down!
James, the brother of the Lord, was really something in the early church. He knew Jesus since he was a boy; he was his brother. Jesus appeared to him personally after the resurrection. He was a leader in Jerusalem, met regularly with the Apostles, and was an advisor to Paul. So when he introduced himself, what did he write on his resume? “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1).
The greatest title we can wear in the kingdom of Christ is that of “servant.”
“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant” (Mark 10:43).
via Broadway church of Christ