Mark 9:33-35 NLT
After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you discussing out on the road?” But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”
Keeping these questions before us as we dig deeper:IS THERE A SIN TO CONFESS? IS THERE A PROMISE TO CLAIM? IS THERE AN ATTITUDE TO CHANGE? IS THERE A COMMAND TO OBEY? IS THERE AN EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW? IS THERE A PRAYER TO PRAY? IS THERE AN ERROR TO AVOID? IS THERE A TRUTH TO BELIEVE? IS THERE SOMETHING TO PRAISE GOD FOR?
The Kingdom of God is an upside-down kingdom. We look for the greatest, God shows us that the way there is through least expected ways. Pride rises in our hearts, He shows us that pride leads to a fall, and that the valuable way is through humility. We look for the places of honour. He teaches us that honour comes after humility, and that humility ushers the way for the king. Our continual fleshly battle is in opposition to the way God calls us to live. Something must surrender. We must.
I find that this battle is very real in my life as well. Freda’s flesh fights the humble way. She wants to be great in God’s Kingdom, but she does not often like the way to get there. She finds that her prideful heart rises up and tries to push to the front often willing to leave others behind. This is not the way she is called to live. This verse says, she must be the servant of EVERYONE else. Not something that comes naturally.
I think there needs to be an attitude change here in my life. I need to have the attitude and mind of Christ and not allow the surrounding influences to define what great is. I must receive my definition from the one who truly understands great.
I, also, must be willing to change my belief system. I know what the Word says, but yet I often fight to be great in man’s eyes. If God’s Word is truth, which it is, then I must believe what Jesus says here. The way up, is down. Then I need to adjust my life to this truth if I really believe it. It means when opportunities for me to look great arise, I need to choose the road my example would choose.
I want to praise God for His mercy and unfailing love. He lays before me life and death and gives me the freedom to choose. He lets me decide whether I will be great, whether I will follow His lead. He shows me the way, then says, ” I will be down this road, if you want to come.”
If you are looking for me, you will find Freda, walking slowly, but with determination down the road less travelled.