Jan 27, 2022
Have you ever thought something was one way and you were 180 degrees wrong?
Welcome back to the Follower of One Podcast. I'm your host, Mike Henry Sr. Thanks for joining us today. Today is day four of the Marketplace Mission Trip. And we often talk about the importance of serving others. Today's passage is Mark chapter 10 verses 43 and 44.
"But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all." That's Mark chapter 10 verses 43 and 44 in the English Standard Version.
Jesus is responding to the then-current view of authority.
You know the secular version of the Golden Rule, "the person with the gold makes all the rules." Much of our world operates on that basis even today. Jesus was responding to the disciples who were angry because James and John had asked to have positions number one and two in Jesus's new kingdom. Everyone else was upset.
They wanted those positions too. Jesus responded with these verses. Do you want to be great? Would you like to get ahead; succeed? The great person is a servant, Jesus tells us.
I spent much of my career trying to be great, but without looking like I was trying to be great.
What about you? Did you ever do anything like that? The great person is a servant, Jesus tells us the path to greatness goes down through servanthood, not up through success and conquest. But then Jesus adds more. He says, if you want position, number one, you must serve everyone else. Actually, he uses a different word here than serve.
He used a word that meant being a lowly slave, not just a servant, not an appreciated hired hand. No. This is a drone, robot, someone you didn't notice. You may be even didn't know their name. Can we go there?
Can we hear the world talk about servant leadership? Whether or not someone presented the idea before Jesus, God built servant leadership into each one of us. We lead best when we serve others. The world took Jesus out of the equation, but he's actually the proof. Without Jesus, the idea of servant leadership is only a theory. But with Jesus in the picture, we know the world was created to operate on servant leadership. Our world is servant-leader operated to the core and Jesus is the example.
God made us, all of us, to appreciate being served. Therefore people could make him known to just about anyone simply by serving them, because that's what Jesus did. When we serve others because Jesus said, too, we make his kingdom visible. We bring his kingdom to light. We bring his realm and his world into our world.
Others see Jesus when we live like we obey him. So today on the Marketplace Mission Trip, we want to remind you to serve others. When we start praying for people earlier this week, Jesus always responds. To the Holy Spirit, starts giving us ideas of other people that we can serve so that he would become visible.
Today, can we take the role of slave, even if it's only for a day? Try it. We're doing that on the Marketplace Mission Trip too, by serving others. If you've never been on a Marketplace Mission Trip, that's not a problem. Head over to https://community.followerofone.org and join our online community. And you'll get invited to the next Marketplace Mission Trip too. Thank you for being a minister in the marketplace.
And thanks for making a difference in the lives of the people that you interact with today. Everything you do because you trust Jesus matters forever. Thanks very much.