We have been on a biblical journey through Matthew 18-20. If you will think back with me, this whole series began ten sermons ago with a question. The disciples wanted to know who was the greatest in the kingdom. Jesus called a little child to himself and taught his disciples that, to enter the kingdom, it is essential that believers cultivate childlike humility (Matt 18:1-5). In fact Jesus taught that unless a person repents and becomes humble, like a child, they will never enter the kingdom. These are strong words. Jesus is serious about humility. Pride is antithetical to the gospel; it is like a hallucinatory drug that feeds our flesh with thoughts of greatness and self. Pride whispers in our ears that we deserve more and breeds a dissatisfaction in our souls that can grow into bitterness and hostility.
This brings us to the key thought for the day: It is essential that believers embrace servanthood.