“And He said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and this have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors’’” (Luke 22:25).

That the disciples are arguing over which of them is the greatest (v.24), reflects a perspective on life driven by secularism; that is, a world void of God. They have failed to recognize that the human quest for power and titles oppresses others and brings them into subjugation. Sadly, those who attain such lofty places, we reward and even participate in the masking of their tyranny with honorary titles such as “benefactor,” and all the while perpetuating their influence over us. As the Good Shepherd, responsible for the well-being of the sheep, Jesus does not accommodate their desires but corrects them; that they might receive what they need to be effective disciples. When you go to church, do you go longing for correction or hoping for accommodation? It’s the difference between discipleship and secularism.

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