Greatness in Serving
Most people see authority as a chance to promote themselves. Seems from the text that was the way James and John visualized matters when they asked of Jesus :
“LET ONE OF US SIT AT YOUR RIGHT AND THE OTHER AT YOUR LEFT IN YOUR GLORY” (V3)
But Jesus saw authority as an opportunity to serve, to advance the good of others.
The one in authority must be the one who serves. For His followers true greatness is in loving service:
” THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO BE SERVED, BUT TO SERVE AND TO GIVE HIS LIFE AS A RANSOM FOR MANY” (v45)