Saturday, July 08, 2017

God’s plan for public services

Short Reading – Mark 10:35-45 

Longer Reading – Mark 10:28-52

Key Verse – Mark 10:45

The Lord Jesus really shook people up ,and in particular his disciples, with the teaching that he gave. I can only imagine the shocked looks on their faces when he announced that for anyone to be great in his Government they would need to serve everybody, v 44.

How different to the way this world operates! Power goes to people’s heads. When they get important jobs they want to be recognised for their status. There are certain things that they don’t do anymore. There are privileges that go with power.

It is so different, or it should be, in the world of the Christian. The Lord Jesus is teaching us that in his reckoning only humble people are really great. Only people who serve others can be recognised as important, v 43, 44. I am not sure about you but I know that this teaching is not the natural way that I think. So I need to pray and ask for the Lord’s help to understand this teaching. I also need his help so that my behaviour is ‘in line’ with the teaching as well.

I wonder how this teaching should affect how I behave. Will I be more interested in what I can do to help others from now on, Phil. 2. 4? Would I be happy to work hard if it saved another person the effort? Are there any jobs that I think are beneath me that really I should do for the Lord Jesus?

One of the great things about this truth is that the Lord Jesus is not asking us to do something he will not do. He came to serve and not to be served, v 45. The biggest proof is his death. He laid down his life to pay for my salvation. Is there anything that I would not do for him?


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