“Great Will Be the One Who Serves and Be Kind to Others in God’s Kingdom 那服侍和待人温和的人在神國裡必成為大的“（2 Timothy 提摩太後書2:24-26）
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
In contrast to the world’s values, greatness in God’s kingdom is marked by being God’s servant and by being gentle to all (shown even to those who least deserve it). A godly servant should not pick fights and look for conflict but be gentle, able to teach and patient humbly correcting opponents who might come to their senses to repent and return to God. There is always a choice for every person especially every Christian who he or she will decide to serve. To be God’s servant (a vessel of honour for Him) one must be empty, clean, and available. If we refuse to empty ourselves, clean ourselves and make ourselves available to God, we will find ourselves captive to the devil in one sense or another.
Prayer: Gracious and Loving God, great people of our world are not usually thought of as servants, neither as gentle. Today, many leaders or ‘servants’ of our churches might have been found captive to such worldview. Thank you for reminding us that your work often takes time. Sometimes we can see why it takes so much time, sometimes we can’t – but you are not in a hurry, and want us to learn how to patiently trust you. Amen.