“But it is not so
To become great
Must be your servant.
To be first
Must be a slave
οὐχ οὕτως δέ ἐστιν ἐν ὑμῖν· ἀλλ’ ὃς ἂν θέλῃ μέγας γενέσθαι ἐν ὑμῖν, ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος,
καὶ ὃς ἂν θέλῃ ἐν ὑμῖν εἶναι πρῶτος, ἔσται πάντων δοῦλο
There is something similar to this in Matthew, chapter 20:26-27, almost word for word, and Luke 22:26, but slightly different. Mark said that Jesus reminded them that their authority was not going to be like the gentiles among themselves (οὐχ οὕτως ἐστὶν ἐν ὑμῖν). The early Christian leaders, the 12 apostles, would lead this newly forming community of Jesus followers. Whoever wanted to be great among them (ἀλλ’ ὃς ἂν θέλῃ μέγας γενέσθαι ἐν ὑμῖν) must be their servant or waiter, their ministerial deacons (ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος). Whoever wanted to be first among them (καὶ ὃς ἂν θέλῃ ἐν ὑμῖν εἶναι πρῶτος) must be their slave (ἔσται ὑμῶν δοῦλος). Clearly, Jesus wanted his new leaders not to be like the gentile Roman leaders, but true leaders who served their people. The early 12 apostolic leaders were to practice servant leadership, not dictatorial leadership. They were forming a new kind of community that was not hierarchical but service orientated.