Jesus = Servant

photoIn Mark 10, James and John have the great idea of requesting to sit on the right and left sides of Jesus as He sits on His throne. They believed when Jesus entered Jerusalem He would install His eternal kingdom here and now.  They totally missed what Jesus was headed to Jerusalem to do.

He was headed there to die.

So Jesus uses the moment to teach them what is one our church’s main mission’s and focus: to SERVE people. 

Mark 10
43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,
44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.
45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

If you want to LEAD well; SERVE well. 

Like us, the disciples were tempted to follow in the footsteps of the celebrities of their day. They made the mistake of following the wrong examples. They were not suppose to be like the ones who possessed authority in their day, but the one who created authority; Jesus.

They, like us, were being tempted to live for the applause. 

I live for the Applause, Applause, Applause
Live for the Applause-plause
Live for the way that you cheer and scream for me
The applause, applause, applause
-Lady Gaga

Jesus calls us to be servants, diakonos, a word referencing those who wait tables and are like slaves (one who has no rights except those given by his or her master).

That’s what we are called to be.
Servants. Nothing more, nothing less.

If you want to LEAD, first learn to SERVE.
If you want to be FIRST you MUST be LAST.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to achieve greatness. But in God’s kingdom economy, if we want to be used, if we want to be promoted, we must first learn what it means to be a servant.

It was true with Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Timothy, and even Jesus.

We won’t be the exception.

So today as you dream about your future…
As you go to your job…
As you wish things were different…

Hold onto what we read today.

If you want to LEAD well; SERVE well.

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