those who are the greatest should take the lowest rank, & the leader should be like a servant. (NLT)
the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. (NIV)
The one with the most authority among you should act as if he is the least important. The one who leads should be like one who serve. (ERV)
let him who is the greatest among you become like the youngest, and him who is the chief and leader like one who serves. (Amplified)
let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. (ESV)
Your greatest man must become like a junior and your leader must be a servant. (J.B. Phillips)
Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant. (The Mesage)
he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. (NKJV)
the greatest must become like the youngest and the leader must become a true servant.(The Voice)
Of course, this thought process of Jesus' about leaders & those who live a life of heightened greatness run completely & diametrically opposite to what our world & cultures believe - no surprise there...
But I wonder what our world would be like if we lived the concepts Jesus expressed here in our jobs, our neighborhoods, our churches, in our political arenas, our nation, & our world.
I wonder what our churches would be like if this expression of authority were the norm?
Our would our local, state, & national governments dealt with each other with their modus?
What kind of governing would take place in our national capital, or in any country's national capital if this was the leadership model?
And what would our world look like if all nations, in their dealings with other nations, followed Jesus' lead as expressed in this verse?
I think our world would be a VERY different place, don't you think?