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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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Jeremiah 18:18-20
Psalm 31
Matthew 20:17-28

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oh, i get it!

"Whoever wants to rank first among you must serve the needs of all." —Matthew 20:27

My employer, a large Fortune 500 company, is changing its corporate culture. All employees are attending workshops for this purpose. In today's workshop, a highly-paid industrial psychologist presented the new corporate model, which was the product of the best research in the field of corporate culture.

A chart was displayed with an upside-down pyramid. The customers were at the top of the pyramid, followed by ordinary workers. The pyramid narrowed for managers, then directors and then vice-presidents. Finally the CEO was alone at the bottom of the pyramid. The seminar leader then stated that the new model featured the CEO as a servant-leader. He or she must serve the needs of all, whether employees or customers. Every employee in the pyramid must listen to and serve the lower ranking people above them in the chart. The presenter then stated that those businesses which do not listen and serve will not survive.

Millions of dollars and decades of research led to the conclusion that the greatest must serve the rest (Mt 20:26-27). Viewing the chart, I grinned with delight as the eternal truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ was displayed publicly for all to see. "There is no chaining the word of God!" (2 Tm 2:9)

Once again, Jesus is proven true. Why don't we save lots of money and time by simply hearing and obeying every word that comes from His mouth? (Mt 4:4)

Prayer:  Father, may I be quick to hear and act on Your every word (Jas 1:19, 22).

Promise:  "The Son of Man...has come, not to be served by others, but to serve, to give His own life as a ransom for the many." —Mt 20:28

Praise:  Roger makes a point of talking to and spending time with those in his ministry in order to better serve their needs.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 16, 2005

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