PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 10:35-45
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.” (Mark 10:44)
Jesus seems to be backwards in all He says and does.
In a time of disposable marriage, He advocated lifelong faithfulness.
Where children and disabled were disregarded, He valued and blessed them.
Where wealth and power were sought, He pressed for sacrificial giving and servanthood.
And He modeled it Himself, willing to die so that others might be saved.
In God’s kingdom, everything is opposite to what it is like in our world.
James and John are having a hard time entering God’s kingdom.
They were still looking out for #1, which is the opposite of God’s way.
We were made to love God and others, to be servants/slaves to all!
This ‘self-denial’ does not make us doormats, but treasures in God’s world.
Our true worth is revealed in selfless loving and serving.
Of course Jesus seems backwards in our sin-messed, selfish world.
What does it look like for me to think of myself as a servant, a slave?
How does it change the way I respond, spend, use my time, focus my energy?
Lord, my self-serving tendency is subtle, but it is there. Help me to find joy in serving others.