In his helpful little commentary, Dick France observes,33 They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
Rather than looking for greatness, they should be eager to be at the bottom of the pile. Rather than aiming to dominate others, they should aspire to be the servant of all. The object of their ambition should be not influence and authority but usefulness (my emphasis).The greatest is the least and the leader is the dogsbody.Yes, it's very hard to work this out in everyday life, and even more difficult for church leaders, but I think France's comment about 'usefulness', gives us a helpful way in to the nature of Christan leadership.