Monday, October 23 – Mark 9:35

Oct 22, 2023

And sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”


Many of us use numerous strategies to meet our goals. At work we have deadlines and tasks, at home, we may have a checklist and weekly routines. This keeps us on track. We also have our preferred method of completing our tasks. Often, we look for the most efficient way to do something. This strategy Jesus gave His disciples is not what many would call efficient. Logic tells us if you want to be first you need to get ahead and put yourself in front for others to follow.


We do not have to push ourselves to the front of the line to be seen. God has already seen us and filled us so that we can serve others and show them the hope of being seen and loved by Him. Philippians 2:5-8 says, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross.” Jesus has given us the example of true leadership: submitting to God and serving others even when it is difficult. Because of Jesus, we know what it looks like to serve and live by the work of the Holy Spirit. We can keep serving, trusting God to see us and equip us at every point.


  • How have you tried to put yourself in front of to lead in your own power?
  • Who has been an example of servant leadership to you?
  • Pray and ask God to give you a heart of service.
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