To Serve: Mark 10:45

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42 Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions use their authority over them. 43 But it is not this way among you. Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10: 42-45 (NET)

In Mark 10:37, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, brothers, and disciples, requested, to Jesus; “Permit one of us to sit at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.” This request caused the other ten disciples to become angry at this grab for power and authority (Mark 10:41). Jesus responded to His disciples. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” All power is entrusted to Jesus, the Son of Man, yet he acted as a servant, as an example, His kneeling to wash His disciple’s feet. Jesus’ teaching and His way of life illustrated the difference between worldly and spiritual greatness. He taught that the path of greatness was achieved through humility and by learning to be a servant thereby glorifying God. Jesus’ final act of service was when He gave his life as a ransom for many.

This verse is also found in Mathew:

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:28 (NET)

How do you measure greatness? Do you feel to serve others is a worthy goal?

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Prayer; Jesus we thank you for your healings, guidance, and love for us. Teach us to be humble, and to help others by being Your hands and feet. Encourage us to seek spiritual goodness rather than worldly gain. Like the butterfly weed provides a host plant for monarch caterpillars and nectar for butterflies; teach us to help and to serve others. Amen

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8 thoughts on “To Serve: Mark 10:45

  1. The point that you mention of Jesus teaching us the difference between worldly and spiritual greatness- that right there is the crux in how we view serving others. I think we all do struggle with shedding the notion of greatness that we have grown with and the world around us keeps throwing at us and it takes growth ( spiritual) to understand what it means to actually serve in humility.
    Thank you Jeanne 🤗🌺

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    1. It is difficult to put aside worldly wants and goals and strive for spiritual greatness. It is a spiritual growth process embracing faith and learning to live to serve others. However, we have a perfect example in Christ. He was humble, loving, gentle, and compassionate. He came as a servant rather than a king; and gave His life as a ransom for us. I am a work in progress!
      Manu, it is always great to hear from you! Blessings! 💖💐🌺

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  2. Jesus set the ultimate example that we should serve. We live in a society that often promotes selfishness but we as children of God are called to be different. Thank you Jeanne 💕

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    1. Hi Dawn, I am late in replying. I am sorry I missed your comment. It is true; Jesus is the ultimate example of love and service. I agree society often encourages selfishness and opportunism. It is always great to hear from you! Cyber hugs and blessings! 🌺

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    1. Hi Craig, Yes, It is amazing that the Son of God came to serve and save us. He set a wonderful example; being humble, compassionate, and forgiving. It is good to hear from you! Blessings! 🌺

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