Serve, Not Be Served


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This one is going to be short and sweet people. Let’s get moving. You’re only going to be able to have a couple sips of your coffee, I promise.

Gospel Mark 10:42-45

Jesus summoned the twelve and said to them,
“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles
lord it over them,
and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you.
Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.
For the Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Short, sweet and to the point. Jesus is saying, “Hey, the people that were the High Priests and the Pharisees, Lord it over them—got in your face—I am better than you … I am up here and you are down there.” Jesus said to the Apostles, “That is not how you are going to act. You are going to love one another. They will know you by the way that you love each other. Nobody is going to be greater than the other. You’re all going to serve each other!” Jesus humbled himself, who is God, as a human being on this planet to ransom his life for many. He gave up his life and served people everywhere of all shapes, sizes, socio-economic status, religious beliefs, healed and loved everyone.

It’s a new community that Jesus is trying to establish and that means check your ego at the door, kick your pride to the curb because we are all in this life together and we’re supposed to be helping each other in this life and that really doesn’t always happen, now does it?

So this week, be that person, help one another. Don’t be all uppity-up in your own kitchen thinking that you don’t stink and looking down on people. Don’t be judging people the minute you see them because they don’t look like you or drive a Benz or fancy car that you are tooling around in …

The whole point of being here is to love one another and help each other in this life. We suck at that. Suck at that. Sorry, I have to say suck—because we do! We are too wrapped up in our own lives.

So your challenge is how many people can you help this week? How many can you serve, the ones who need it the most, the ones that you don’t get along with, the ones you don’t know?

So many ways. So many ways. Let’s stop being selfish and give of ourselves this week.


Hopefully, you had a couple sips of coffee and a bite of your danish, your donut, or if you’re Keto, you’re fried eggs and bacon because that’s what I am! Ha!

And have a blessed and inspired week!

Kendra Von Esh

Kendra Von Esh is a Speaker, Faith Coach, and Author who has a passion to help others to deepen their relationship with God and the Catholic Faith.