The Kingdom of God is a different kind of kingdom! If you’ve spent any amount of time in a foreign country, you may find some of the behaviors and practices in that foreign place strange or even shocking. This should be the world’s response to God’s Kingdom community, the church! What Christ commands is often at odds with the world! In vv. 43-44 of our passage today, Jesus starts off by describing the rulers of the world as those who seek to dominate or exercise authority for their own selfish gains! This often results in people being exploited! Jesus says, “But it shall not be so among you.” He points us to a new way, a way paved by Him! He says, “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.” He then grounds this new way in Himself! He says, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” We serve, as followers of the King, because the King came to serve! How did He serve? He gave His life! He served sacrificially! You see, Jesus’ sacrificial service—His ransom at the Cross—is what enables us to truly live as His people! Through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ we are reconciled to God and transformed by the Spirit to live differently! This different life is to be marked by loving, sacrificial service to others! Serve, by the Spirit, for the good of others and for the glory of King Jesus! Greatness in God’s Kingdom is serving others sacrificially!