Then they came to Capernaum. While Jesus was in the house, He asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the last of all and the servant of all.” Mark 9:33-35 NIV
Much of Jesus’ teaching is paradoxical according to human belief. Herein is a great example of so. The disciples had been arguing about which of them was greatest. I bet you they took turns saying something like “Well, I have done this. Now top that.” But the Lord knew they had been arguing about such as they were, so He sat them down and explained to them that in God’s kingdom, the least is the greatest. One must be the servant of all, sacrificing earthly ambitions to be of service to others. Jesus did not seek for Himself in His lifetime, and if we wish to be His followers we must do as He did. Empty yourself of self and seek only after that which the Lord calls you to do. He will provide for your needs as you are in service to Him. This is the one and only way to be considered great in God’s kingdom.