“In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people…But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.” Luke 22:25-26
Kids like to play the “opposite” game. Yes means no, up means down, and run means stop. In order to win at this game, you must suspend your normal way of thinking. On a grander scale, God also plays the opposite game. What looks good to us is evil to Him; what seems wise to us is foolishness to Him. In fact, 1 Corinthians 1:27 says that “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” Jesus also said that if we want to be great, we must be the servant of all. In order to walk in harmony with God, we must suspend our normal way of thinking.
Following Jesus means playing the opposite game. That’s why He warned us that if we are serious about being with Him, we have to deny ourselves, take up our cross every day, and follow (Luke 9:23). He is going in the opposite direction of our fleshly desires. We want to indulge in sexual immorality; He says be pure. We want to lie; He says be honest. We want to exalt ourselves; He says be humble. We want to be served; He says serve others. If we refuse to crucify our normal way of thinking, we will never make it as a follower of Jesus, because His way is opposite our way.
We can measure our spiritual growthby how well we are allowing God’s “opposites” to define our normal.