Luke 22:24–30 (NKJV)
24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.Luke 22:24-30
28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Some of the disciples, perhaps the sons of Zebedee (whose mother had asked for special seating for them in the kingdom of God), were arguing about who was greatest in the kingdom. Jesus reminded them of the Gentile practices of oppression that were offensive to anyone’s sensibilities. Jesus told His disciples that the one who had a high position should serve those in lower positions. Being a servant was a true sign of greatness, not being served at all times.
He then spoke of the reward that would come to those who served alongside Jesus. His kingdom would include them, and they would have kingdoms of their own, bestowed by Christ. Jesus went further to tell them they would sit at His table and that they would sit on thrones judging Israel. What a vaunted position they would receive! However, it was largely in part to their loyal service to and with Christ. When you begin to feel that you are something special in the church or organization to which you belong, remember this teaching, and remember the love of Christ extended to you, and serve. Remember how Christ gave His life, and give. Remember that the goal is not notoriety or fame or wealth on earth, but rather to please God with you life. Serve Him, and know that the reward–although sometimes delayed–will come at the time it is appointed.