Luke 22:27 – For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
Jesus asks His disciples what seems like an easy question, “Who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves?” In society you always have your ‘important’ people at the table and the servants wait on them. Jesus asked the question knowing full well what their answer would be. He even goes so far as to answer it with another question, “Is it not the one who is at the table?”
I’m sure now the disciples are nodding their heads in agreement, as I’m sure we would be also if we didn't know better. Now Jesus makes a comment that defies all they had been taught all their lives. He doesn't really answer the question, but instead challenges their way of thinking. Jesus puts Himself in the place of the servant. “But I am among you as one who serves,” He said.
So what does that mean? Either Jesus is saying that those He is serving are greater than Him, or that the servant is greater than the one He serves. We know the former cannot be true because the Bible says that God lifted Jesus to the highest place and that His name is above all names.
In the Word of God we also see Jesus telling us that the ‘first will be last and the last will be first.’ So we know that just because something is done one way on earth doesn't mean that it will be the same in heaven, in fact often times it seems it will be opposite.
What can we take from this? To lead you must serve. We must follow Jesus example and help those around us. Influence people by serving them and taking care of their needs. That is what Jesus did and that is what we must do also.