The desire for position of power and authority occupies the mind and heart of so many people. This is very evident in many politicians – that is why there are many who aspire for high positions. For many people, what matters most is to occupy top positions and use these positions as means to enrich themselves, to control and dominate other people, or to become well known.
Even some of the disciples of Jesus were preoccupied regarding their position in the Kingdom of God. They were arguing among themselves, who was the greatest, and who should occupy the place of honor. According to Jesus, whoever wants to be the greatest must be the servant of all.
Today, the words of Jesus continues to be fresh and relevant. Whatever position we may be occupying in civil society, the Church or Basic Ecclesial Community, it is important to constantly ask ourselves, how we can be a more effective servant of people. Jesus calls us to exercise our authority and leadership in the spirit of service – he calls us to become servant leaders. We should not be pre-occupied with pursuing our personal interest – whether it means more wealth, more power, more prestige – rather, we should constantly seek ways to be of greater service to our community and society.