Whether we want to admit it not not, we all seek the approval of others. But there are some that push the limits and become real “people-pleaser’s”…those who intentionally solicit the favor of everyone around them at the expense of their own reputation. They want so badly to be liked that they will compromise their integrity, character, and good name just for approval. But people are fickle and pleasing all at the same time will never happen. For it’s only God that we must place our will under and seek to please.
Embarrassed silence is all you heard. For Jesus already knew what they had been fighting about…and He knew their prideful hearts. But He wanted them to verbalize out loud to Him this dispute so they could hear just how absurd they sounded. Jesus was then able to use this as a teachable moment when He said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Boy, was that a blow to those fragile male egos of the disciples! I can almost hear them ask, “So what you’re saying, Jesus, is that in order to be the greatest…I need to become the least?”