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  • "The Apprentice"


    Text: Mark 9.30-37, Jesus offers a pivotal teaching on servanthood and authentic greatness. The context is powerful. This passage begins with Jesus confiding in his disciples that he is going to be crucified as a criminal in order to take on the sins of the whole world (Mark 9.31-32).

    His disciples follow this conversation with an argument about who is going to be greatest in the coming Kingdom. Every one of us have this deep longing within us to be noticed and valued as important. We want to belong … To be included … To be invited. This longing not only drives the twelve disciples to argue about pecking order, it often drives you and I as we consider who we’ll serve and who we won’t.

    In a home in Capernaum, Jesus takes the disciples argument of who’s the greatest and just flips on its head. He declares “greatness” as those who take the role of a humble servant … Serving those in your world … Those who you rub shoulders with… Those who the Father sends into your path. Humbly serving and giving up their lives for the needs of others. It’s opposite of the worlds way of self-posturing … Self-will & Self-rule. Jesus teaches that greatness comes as we lend our strength & giftedness to others without any thought of payment or promotion.

    When Jesus’ definition of greatness is applied, the world may never know the names of the truly great people who have walked this earth. But God will—& I think that’s the whole point. True greatness is measured only by God. In the coming kingdom, we’ll see with clear eyes who actually lived as Jesus taught and who, instead, lived for the glory of their own name.

    Today, as you welcome God into your day, consider this week’s One Big Question: Based on Jesus’ definition, where have you observed authentic greatness in others? Take an extra moment to pray for them to even walk in even a greater depth of servanthood to those around them and pray that you may adopt a life of greatness by giving yourself to love and serve others just as Christ did for us.