Day 8
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And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 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. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”—Mark 10:41-45

Have you ever had the opportunity to meet, sit near, or catch a close-up glimpse of someone famous? If you have, you know it is strangely exhilarating, and we might even discover we have these strange responses in these moments.

In today’s text, James and John are caught and chastised by the other disciples for asking Jesus if they can have the prized spots next to him in the future kingdom. It might be fair to say that they were only asking for what the rest of us would love to have as well. Mark reports in the previous chapter (Mark 9:33-37) that Jesus caught them all arguing about who was the greatest.

While we might understand these sentiments, the request of James and John showed a lack of judgment, for they truly did not know—as Jesus pointed out—what they were asking. The moment gave cause for Christ to reiterate, in unequivocal terms, what he had been trying to communicate and model for them. Jesus was a Servant King, demonstrated most strikingly in the act of washing their feet.

The lesson is this; if you want to be great, you must be willing to serve. And if you want to be first, you must be willing to give up rights and privileges and go last. This is the path to true greatness—greatness defined by Jesus himself. It is not the fading greatness of today’s celebrities, which is here today and forgotten tomorrow, but rather the greatness and eternal glory that Jesus offers to share with the man who is willing to follow his humble lead.

DO THIS: This week, we are focusing on the discipline of scripture.

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Identify: a word or a phrase in the scripture that stands out to you.
  • Pray: with God for 3 to 5-minutes about the word or phrase you identified.
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391 thoughts on “Go Last

  1. Michael says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

  2. Rich Eckert says:

    ‘For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve’. We all must serve not for our benefit but to put ourselves last while serving others

  3. Ryan says:

    2 Corinthians- 7:10
    “For Godly grief produces repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.”

  4. Troy Theye says:

    ,,,,,,,but rather the greatness and eternal glory that Jesus offers to share with the man who is willing to follow his humble lead.
    My take on this is keep it real with the Lord. continue to be a unselfish man. PRAY and let Jesus show you the path.

  5. Jack Dellinger says:

    Jim, my ego is fragile and I don’t take rejection well. I use this to remind me that rejection of the food is not a rejection of me, but of the chef. I just keep bringing the plates.

  6. Jim Kroyer says:

    Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
    Whenever we have difficulties or confusion in life, or think a little too highly our ourselves, or whatever, we need to take a step back and go back to the beginning. If God did what he did then, he can help us deal with whatever we are going through now. Remembering that he sent His Son to us and for us.

  7. John Krumm says:

    “When the ten heard it”…. 10 vs 2. How easy it is for men to divide, when we are meant to be a whole unit. Reminded me of the split after Solomon… 10 vs 2. Who first said something? How fast did it spread? Why is it easy to be a whole AGAINST instead of FOR? I remember Judas was one of the 10, is this the beginning of his slide?
    These are the things I asked and wait for.

  8. John says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, — I want to follow in the footsteps of Christ and could use some help in this area.

  9. STEPHEN Donmoyer says:

    Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12

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  10. Jeff Falley says:

    Whoever of you must be a slave to all. Because I want to be a Servant to all as Christ was a Servant to all.

  11. Rod Gorter says:

    Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

  12. John says:

    “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant,”
    Serve my wife and children and provide for their needs.

  13. Brian says:

    Jesus does not make a request. He says “it shall not be so…..among you”.
    Allowing Jesus to direct me in all my ways would be as a servant leader.

  14. Elliott Kemmet says:

    But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.

  15. James J Echelberger says:

    Love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. For these are the fruits of the spirit

  16. Coach says:

    But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.

  17. Massimo says:

    Even God came to serve, to give his life for many. Why do I think I don’t need to do the same. What makes me feel as though I am greater than God that I don’t need to serve?

  18. Ken McClatchey says:

    Servant and Slave,
    These terms are never well received in our culture or even in within our human nature. Fallen man wants to be superior to other men just as Satan wanted to be superior to his Creator.
    Lord help me to see with Your Kingdom eyes the pleasure it brings You for me to be a servant and slave to others for Your namesake.

  19. Dennis James says:

    But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
    This phrase in the scripture reminds me that I must remain humble and always remember this life is not about me.

  20. Aaron Pittman says:

    “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve”
    If Jesus was willing to serve others, we all should be willing to do the same.

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  21. Chris says:

    Willing to serve…it’s easy to focus on the things I feel like doing for myself and not always feeling like doing for others

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  22. Alex says:

    1 Corinthians 8:9 But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.

    I’ve been extra mindful of my conduct in order to influence people with my efforts to obey God. I try to maintain a high level of integrity, honesty and integrity between my public and private life while also making others aware of a man living the Jesus based lifestyle.

  23. GRod says:

    But whoever would be great among you must be your servant

    God created men to be leaders, and in order to lead we MUST be willing to serve.

  24. Eliot Duncan says:

    The words “servant” and “slave” to all. I need to remind myself daily of these two words and then “Go Last”.

  25. alex says:

    INDIGNANT: Don’t ask why when things seem unfair, realize that it’s for a reason
    …Came not to be served, but to serve (great daily reminder)

  26. Gary Roeder says:

    But whoever would be great among you must be your servant…I have always loved the idea of serving those that I lead and I strive to do that well as Christ did.

  27. Eddie Ackerman says:

    ransom for MANY
    He did not say ransom for all, meaning He knew, of course, that some people would not be saved.

  28. Corey says:

    * Authority*
    This word stands out to me today for a little bit different of a reason . Ephesians 1:15 In Christ Jesus I have dominion, power and Authority over everything in this world but we have to be careful not to flaunt it. Luke 10:17-20

    “Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.””
    ‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:17-20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    Glory be to God

  29. Todd says:

    But whoever would be great among you must be your servant
    Grateful to God that I work in a place where servant leadership is valued

  30. Jesse Winger says:

    “but it shall not be so among you” I think this is hard for me. I look around and I see the church trying to copy the entertainment culture around it. But it should not be this way. The church is not supposed to entertain but to be the hands and feet of change. And that is not entertaining. It is hard and like we read yesterday, it is suffering and humiliation, with a side order of pain. And I don’t like that. Or at least my flesh does not. I want to have people defer to me not me defer to others, I want others to serve me not me serving others. I always cloak this in “the I have the influence to enact real change”, or “then people will listen to my wisdom” but the fact is that I just don’t want to serve as much as I always thought I did. There are two sides waring within me and I want it to end in submition To Christ. I am not to function as the world. Today I claim that though the world teaches the showing of power is the way to safety, it shall not be so with me.

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  31. Kevin Allex says:

    The last verse Mark 10:45
    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
    Jesus was the greatest person to walk on the earth. He lived a sinless life. He loved unconditionally. He served others before His needs. He lived a sinless life, yet died a sinners death on a cross. Jesus did that for you and me. If God’s own son came to earth and lived to love and serve others, then I should do the same. The world tells us to be the complete opposite, and human nature makes this hard to live out, BUT I need to live by faith and look beyond this worldly life and to love and serve others as Jesus would.

  32. Gerald Waddle says:

    Indignant. I have always struggled with feelings of being treated unfairly while others appear to have it so easy. I have and do struggle with jealousy and see this also in my girlfriend’s daughter.

  33. Joel Walls says:

    But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
    Lord, help me to be great at serving others with humility.

  34. Dave Benson says:

    “be slave of all” I have to change my thinking of just serving where it’s easy. If I’m modeling Christ, I will sacrifice the time to serve even the ones I think are difficult.

  35. Darin Palmer says:

    You must be willing to give up rights and privileges and go last. This simple phase simply changed my life in so many ways! I am not second but I am Third!

  36. Collin Boggs says:

    The phrase that really jumped out at me is in verse Mark 10:42b where it says, “their great ones exercise authority over them.” Jesus was recognized several times in the New Testament as having authority, but he never exercised authority (over) people. He demonstrated authority as being (under) people, literally and metaphorically. He used His “authority” as a way to guide, lead, support, encourage, and lift up.

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  37. Chris says:

    authority – as a physician owner of a medical practice I have essentially unquestioned authority over many employees. My challenge on any given day is to serve with humility and not abuse my authority. Pray that God’s grace would allow this attitude to grow.

  38. Yousif Artin says:

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3 5-6. I am focusing on these words because lately I feel like God wants to tell me to trust him more.

  39. Brandon says:

    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. This is so counter cultural, but is expected as disciples of Jesus. Following his lead and example!

  40. Steven Turner says:

    servant keep trying to help people in physcial ways and my giving as needed. Lord help me to be better at thsi and make user in,s in your name

  41. Richard says:

    Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous for the Lord is with you wherever you go 🙏 God is with me stay faithful.

  42. Chuck Peter says:

    Grace. John 1:16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
    Because I need God’s grace every day.

  43. Ryan says:

    Be humble and serve. Not necessarily chores and tasks, but to simply be present with others in the capacity they need you to be

  44. Tim E says:

    For even the son of man came not to be served but to serve. Makes it crystal clear how we are to live our lives. Go the extra mile, and then some.

  45. Tom says:

    Jesus is clear – we are called to “serve.” I need to serve more openly with the right heart and mind – not out of obligation.

  46. Jack Dellinger says:

    But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,
    A servant leader is much like a table waiter. Our job is to bring the freshly prepared food from the kitchen to the table in as authentic form as possible. Our job is not to season the food or rearrange the plate. It is simply serve the plate with joy showing respect to the chef and to the customer. The chef will be credited with the food, we will be credited with our kindness.

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  47. Taylor says:

    Servant-God is testing me lately by forcing me to use what I have worked for on other people rather than myself, learning to be okay with that and do it openly and humbly has been challenging.

  48. Kevin says:

    Seek serving others first before our selfish desires. I struggle with this. Once my ideas or plans fall through, my whole attitude becomes not good.

  49. Billy says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,

    Let’s actively seek ways we can serve others. Start simply in our place of home.

  50. Bill says:

    Servant of all. I serve as much as I can, not to be greater than those served, but to bring glory to God .

  51. SHELDON Bullard says:

    In Him we live and have our being. our lives is all about Christ apart from Him we are nothing. i encourage you brothers abide in Him , be at home in Him.

  52. Dean Wendler says:

    “Servant” I must humble myself and be willing to put others first. I must overcome my Prime through the help of God. Staying within God’s boundaries will bring the greatest JOY to my life.

    • Ken says:

      One isn’t enough..
      “Jesus Called”, “whoever wants”, “Son came to serve and not be served”, “gave His life as ransom of many”. Those are my standouts. This passage is crammed with teaching. Jesus gathers to teach from love of goodness for ears of all, He shows us our option of choice if we bring ourselves to it, He identifies a servant King, shows the contradiction in how we govern, and He shows the fulfillment of love by giving His life for all who accept Him, what leaders in our age would (not many) or even could (only God can) do so. Praise to God!

  53. Benjamin says:

    I found that the phrase “ and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.” Means that you f you wish to be truely great that you must serve everyone else

  54. Denny says:

    One word jumped out at me. “Indignant”. This is something I struggle with. When I am not the one being served, I can become indignant. God forgive me.

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  55. Heath says:

    Jesus’s greatness is not the fading greatness of today’s celebrities. We have the greatest impact on the lives of those who we treat with kindness and love and this is how we share Christ’s love with the world (not by becoming an arrogant celebrity).

  56. Boyd says:

    I focused on the word “servant” and how that can be a great thing. My prayer centered around being that mentoring, standing-tall servant putting my needs last, and not being a cowering, fearful servant which my Dad and brothers pushed me to be on the farm.

  57. Peter says:

    My time is not mine, it is the Lords. I hoard and am selfish often with my personal time, upset when others invade into it in unexpected ways. Lord help me to “go last” and be a servant with my usage of my time.

  58. Scott Van Dale says:

    Willingness to serve others. To do something for someone and to expect nothing in return is the best feeling ever

  59. Al says:

    For the Son of man came not to be served but to serve others, I love helping and serving others to me there’s no greater joy

  60. A Krumrie says:

    “…NOT SO WITH YOU…” Jesus’ words to his disciples. We need to lead differently. We lead by serving and becoming the “slave to all” That’s who’s the greatest in God’s kingdom.

  61. Rod Hoeft says:

    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 10:45

    How can we serve in today’s world?

  62. LAVON C LAMBERTY says:

    I so often think of a phrase in a song that goes “Humble thyself in the sight of the LORD and he will lift you up, higher and higher…”
    Just to glance at the GRACE we have been given in Jesus Christ on that cross brings me to humility and a sense of awe and worship. I think of the Roman Surelycenturion at the base of the cross saying, “Surely this man was the Son of God” (Mark 15:39)

  63. Michael Pechar says:

    Slave of all. What a powerful thought. The problem with the term “servant leader” is it still focuses on leading. Focus on serving and being a “slave to all”.

  64. UJ says:

    whoever would be great among you must be your servant. It is my desire to be this servant leader to my family. And I know that I can only do so through the help of the Holy Spirit

  65. Walter says:

    you must be slave of all This little bit of scripture defines so much of the Lord’s call on my life. I have a disabled daughter who requires huge amounts of devoted time and energy. There’s no promise of a worldly return but love demands that I sacrifice much of my life for her. God has put this child in my life to teach me this lesson of being the servant to another. A wondrous lesson it has been.

  66. Brad says:

    ‘But it shall not be so among you. ‘ God’s desire is for his people to be outward focused, serving others – not inward focused, racing to the top and the best ‘seat of recognition’ in life.

    Lord, help be me a servant leader!

  67. David B says:

    It shall not be so….

    Shows that following God sets us apart from the world and will require sacrifice

  68. Caleb says:

    Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11-13! You have to be 100% with Jesus and your heart and you shall seek him! Give nothing less than %100

  69. Ross says:

    The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve. Lord, help me to be of service to you and your kingdom.

  70. Will says:

    What does it look like to be a servant to all, to be a slave, to give my life for many? It looks like not getting what I want, but giving others what they want or need.

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  71. Edgar says:

    “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,”
    ‭The SERVANT here means not a “hired servant” who is paid by the hour or daily. I believe it means willing to give up everything we have to make one unbeliever to know the love of Jesus to him and to disciple him to produce other disciples.

    Servanthood is the mission of a believer. When we decided to follow Jesus, we gave up all our rights and privileges to him. We died to ourselves.

  72. Tolentino Edgar says:

    “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,”
    ‭The SERVANT here means not a “hired servant” who is paid by the hour or daily. I believe it means willing to give up everything we have to make one unbeliever to know the love of Jesus to him and to disciple him to produce other disciples.

    Servanthood is the mission of a believer. When we decided to follow Jesus, we gave up all our rights and privileges to him. We died to ourselves.

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  73. Marc says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve
    Just greatful that he came to serve me and is to this day.

  74. Matt R says:

    “But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.” In a previous post, I mentioned that I struggle with the feeling that I should be doing more for the Lord in my work and daily life. This verse suggests that the way I could do more is to serve more.

  75. Seth says:

    “Lord it over them” being humble is something I struggle with often. Maybe not outwardly, but inwardly I tend to judge others far too often.

  76. Jonathan Robertson says:

    Taking our eyes off or own situation and looking for ways to serve others is there antithesis of worry.

  77. Stephen Rovezzi says:

    …they began to be indignant….As Jesus said earlier, they ALL were arguing. I take away that at times, we project what we are really feeling, pretending to not have such emotion, or be exactly what we are pointedly “projecting” at another.

  78. Borg says:

    The word I’m looking at “indignant” which has something to do with a perceived injustice. Jesus then teaches the disciples how we are to handle injustices in life — through humility and sacrifice.

  79. John P Goushian says:

    Echoing Nate’s sentiments about the word or better yet title of Servant.

    Serving comes easily to me as I’m a server by nature: anticipating my family’s needs, seeing needs in those around me, etc. But I think the servant Jesus is referring to is one in that position because of a willingness to do so. In a way, I was trained to be a server by an overbearing at times father. It’s easy for me to out on that hat, but how often does it come from a place of opportunity rather than a place of love?

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    • Mark Roehl says:

      …they began to be indignant….

      This is opposite of being humble. Foolish pride is another way of thinking about this.

  80. Mark says:

    Ransom. I focused on cost of a ransom demand and the transactional requirements in worldly terms. Often it costs another person their life, even when paid. The word ransom in this scripture illuminated how often my heart to serve others is often transactional, and is put into action only if it’s convenient or comfortable . My prayer today is for God to continue to soften my heart to be a cheerful giver.

  81. John says:

    To lead like Christ, and the last first and the first last . This is the foundation of my family and business.

  82. Bryan says:

    “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve” – If we’re following Christ’s lead and modeling our lives after him, we need to be humble servants.

  83. Brad says:

    “Gave his life as a ransom for man” I, too often stand in awe, but in shame for what Christ has done and spent DC more time in joy and gratitude that he paid my ransom to demonstrate his servant hood.

  84. Gordon Schlegel says:

    “..whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.” That’s very true in my work experience. When there’s an issue, the rank and file like me can to go off shift when it’s our time, but the managers have to stay on until the issue’s resolved. That’s why I’m rank and file and not a manager.

  85. John Wilson says:

    “…slave of all” That jumped out to me as profound. Slave is a negative in our culture today, as I’m sure it wasn’t a positive thing in biblical days either, but it didn’t mean totally the same thing back then. This passage seems to imply a choice to be a slave. And not a slave to just a specific group, but to all.

  86. Dave W says:

    “to give his life as a ransom.” Jesus calls me to be self-sacrificial – to give of myself & put others first.

  87. Jeff says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. I am grateful that Jesus provided us with the perfect example of how to serve and gave his life for us so to be ransomed and reconciled back to the Father. Thank you, Lord, for paying my fine and providing THE WAY for me to be saved!!!

  88. Adam C says:

    whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.

    It is so opposite of what the world thinks. Serving humbly to others, not looking out for ourselves first. I need this mindset in my life.

  89. Brian says:

    Serve – what an opportunity to practice this at home right now when my whole family is “stuck” here nearly 24/7! I can serve Jennifer tangibly in caring for the kids and her needs, I can serve the kids by engaging with them and investing in their interests. I can serve God by intentionally carving out space to discuss our family’s faith more than we usually “have time for”

  90. KF says:

    In following God’s lead I have to be a follower before I can become a leader. I want to serve because if I have it, God isn’t thinking that I should keep the blessing or gift but to share it with others.

  91. Conrad says:

    “Indignant” i often feel this way when someone does not know to give where the credit is due. Or even people stealing thunder. God impressed upon me to thread carefully in times of this. To be able to deny myself for others so that they may get to encounter Christ just as he did to me. Long ago i was like the world where i wanted to be in the frontline to show what i can do, without realizing apart from God i am nothing and i cannot do anything without him. God has been constantly shaping me to humility day by day and i am most honored and humbled with this experiences time after time.

  92. Jordan says:

    If you want to be great, you must be willing to serve. And if you want to be first, you must be willing to give up rights and privileges and go last.

  93. Gary says:

    “…to give his life for ransom for many.” This phrase stuck out for me because it shows Jesus came to help us!

  94. seare says:

    To be humble and serve my fellow brothers. A student is not better than his teacher. I feel I need a continual reminder, or transform my mindset to a servant. it is easy to sway by the world standards.

  95. Dan says:

    “…gave his life as a ransom for many.” Verse 45.

    Has me thinking about how I can help others right now, how much I’m willing to give, and what may be required. We’ve got the best example to follow.

  96. Eelco says:

    From Jeremiah, ‘God changes our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh’. I feel this is necessary, not only for me, but in this corona crisis, also for all the people.

  97. Dave says:

    Humility and Service. Jesus calls all of us to serve in His name. What better way to humble ourselves by serving others. Lord…please guide me with your will….not mine

  98. Sean G says:

    if you want to be great, you must be willing to serve. And if you want to be first, you must be willing to give up rights and privileges and go last.

  99. Zach says:

    SERVANT and SLAVE TO ALL. Following His example, He came to serve and to die as RANSOM for our sins. Amazing! Makes me want to be a better man.

  100. Jon Brady says:

    If you want to be great, you must be willing to serve. Value the importance of becoming a servant leader.

  101. Nate says:

    “Son of man came not to be served but to serve” as well. Help me not count who has done what or how many times, but to always put others first and put others needs before my own. This is especially true when I don’t always agree with those needs.

  102. Anthony Meschke says:

    Do not deal treacherously with one another. This stuck out to me. I need to keep this in my mind at all times and work to keep my relationships pure.

  103. Loryn says:

    I have always loved the fact of “wanting to be great, but you must first serve”. So true that phrase is. God called us to serve and love and if we aren’t are we truly listening and following? Help me to serve others more.

  104. Tom Cullen says:

    I find it fun when I do things for my neighbors like move the snow plow pile out front of there driveway or walk way I fight from telling them I would rather store credits in heaven sometimes it slepts out who knows who will sit next to Jesus

  105. jesse Skytland says:

    These responsibilities are important. God a plan for my life and has appointed various roles to me this day. These responsibilities are important and I’m experiencing positive adjustments.

  106. Ryan says:

    But it shall not be so among you.

    Any power and authority given to us by God should be seen as a gift and used in sacrificial ways. This will also be a witness to the world!

  107. Charles Culver says:

    Change and commitment are two words that come to mind. If I don’t except change I’m going to have a rough time. And, if I’m going to commit to something then I need to stick with it to the end. I can’t keep making excuses.

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  108. Jordan says:

    “Slave of all”. Sometimes it’s hard to be a servant to those who are hard hearted towards you. Getting over this hurdle is huge. It’s easy to serve those we love and get along with.

  109. Randy says:

    “I have been crucified with Christ” ,,,,, disposing sin, self . For what He afforded, righteousness > His Person. Presence. Pursuant for me to put off and put on,,,,serve rather than be served as God’s Himself opens oportunity giving way His in daily routine.

  110. Chris Keeper says:

    Mark 10:45… Jesus came to serve… if we strive to be more like Jesus, we must humble ourselves and serve faithfully

  111. Valentin says:

    Do like Jesus did, he gave himself to others and loved his neighbors. Specially in these tough times, we have to stay focus and to care for those around us. Pray for them and for our families as well.

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  112. Brian says:

    “…not to be served but to serve…” Pretty powerful statement. Something that my flesh fights against. Praying for more patience to serve.

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  113. Lewis Thompson says:

    Jesus was a Servant King, demonstrated most strikingly in the act of washing their feet. This really hit home because a year ago, today, I posted something on FB that pertained to washing one’s feet like Jesus. This was an affirmation that I should serve those around me, with a heart of compassion and love.

  114. Michael says:

    I’ve been challenged to love my wife and kids and my neighbors and to serve them, without any expectation on their part, knowing that God sees the moments when I put them before myself, without grumbling or complaining, and that my reward is growing in my relationship with Him

  115. Paul Tomes says:

    “when they heard this, the ten became indignant”
    Isn’t it just like our sinful nature to not want to be outdone by others, but rather to put ourselves in the best position to gain.

  116. rgoreckijr says:

    Servant…we all can use a more servanthood and humility mindset, especially as we are experiencing so much “closeness” as we shelter-at-home these days.

  117. Coach says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve. I need to be more Christ like a do a much better job of serving my God, family, friends, and fellow man.

  118. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Micah 6 : 8 What does the Lord require of you ” to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”
    Justice, Mercy and Humility –
    Lord help me to guard my heart and keep these instructions ever at the forefront of my heart.

    Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)
    11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

  119. Lee Bailey-Seiler says:

    Whoever would be first among you must be slave of ALL. I’m happy to be slave to some but I have a hard time being slave to ALL. Something I need to pray more about!

  120. Bob says:

    ”But whoever would be great among you must be your servant” – there are 100s if not thousands in my life that have been servants and great amongst us that I have been so unaware because of my prideful walk through life. Lord help me to not only be the servant but to notice the servants around me.

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  121. Eric says:

    When reading this scripture indignant stands out to me. I believe Martin Luther summed up Jesus’s response well.

    A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject of all, subject to all.

  122. Adam Yochum says:

    For the son of man came not to be served but to serve.
    This should be an indicator to us that it is more important to serve in his name than to just sit on our rump and say well maybe later or there is enough serving my skills or talents don’t have a place. Jesus preformed miracles but still took time to wash his disciples feet.

  123. Jason says:

    Obedience over sacrifice
    Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
    1 Samuel 15:22 NASB

  124. Ricky D Brittain says:

    The son of man came not To be served but to serve. The word here is humble and for me to be the disciple and the servant that God intended me to be, I have to practice humility on a daily basis. That keeps me grounded and focused on my faith.

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  125. Dennis says:

    Out of Matthew 7 verse 21
    Not everyone who says Lord , Lord will enter the kingdom but he who does the will of the Father.
    During this time we are all I with COVID 19 there are Christians who need to become active in their faith. We need to heed the call and obey God’s word

  126. Bryce says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

    It’s easy for me to lose my focus on the ultimate sacrifice. I keep thinking about the song : ? Jesus gave it all and all to him I owe…….. know this song is stuck in your head ?. You’re Welcome!

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  127. Marco says:

    Serve, I need to approach all I do with a servant heart. See and Treat other with Jesus eyes and heart.

  128. Darin Palmer says:

    The last will be first and first last…Matthew 20-16 is my favorite. I say this every morning on the way to work. I try to always live this each and every day.

  129. Rafael Dixon says:

    Slave of all. This is a powerful part of this scripture. All great leaders are servants or slaves of all. Jesus was/is the perfect example. Thank you Father!!!!!!

  130. Paul Leininger says:

    Word: Serve
    I truly believe we are called to serve with the only expectation being how will those that I serve see Jesus. Will my actions lead them to be with Jesus?

  131. Ted Williams says:

    whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
    Not only must we be servant leaders, but if you desire to greatest, first of all, you must be slave to all. Only Christ willing to submit in that way…let’s not fool ourselves

    • Tim says:

      Great reminder for us all Boogle. Jesus doesn’t deny the twelves desire for leadership positions in his kingdom, he just redefines what leadership looks like.. Leaders in the kingdom of God are to be eager, willing shepherds of God’s flock who do not lord over their charges.

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  132. Brad B. says:

    Trying.
    1 Corinthians 9:24
    Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize

    This verse tells me that we should at least try for something when challenged or prompted. God is always trying to put us in new challenges so strengthen us. Be uncomfortable with this. This is my phrase I thought to share.

  133. Dan says:

    But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.

  134. Rich says:

    “Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, “ I’ve always taken pride in the fact I try to serve others. The thing I’ve been getting wrong all these years doing this is the “taking pride “ part. I should not take pride . I should’ be humble and let God use that service for is purpose. Whatever that may be.

  135. David C says:

    An attitude of servitude is essential to my journey with the Lord; He needs to lead and I need to follow in servant leadership to/with Christ

    Prayer: Help me, help us Oh Lord, to decrease so You can/will increase in our hearts, minds and souls; help us to be better and more humble servants to You and Your Shepherding Leadership – lead the Way…

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  136. Ian Bonthron says:

    “Even the son of man came to serve”. That is the phrase that sticks out to me, we are to serve no matter what, especially in The Times we live in today with the Corona virus. Serve the people around you when you can look for the opportunities.

  137. Chad says:

    “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.””
    ‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:45‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  138. Rick says:

    “To give his life as a ransom”- A ransom is paid when someone is being held captive. The person paying the ransom doesn’t expect to get back what is paid. They only wish for the return of the captive. If we allow Jesus to be our Lord, Savior and example, we must be willing to give our lives as a ransom for the captives we know with no other expectation then for them to have a real and personal relationship with Jesus. I pray the Lord will help me do that the the extent I should.

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  139. David Luevano says:

    In order to serve I must listen and hold my comments until I fully understand what has been spoken to me.

  140. Ed says:

    The greatest challenge to me is to walk in humidity and be servant. Which means denying myself as Christ did.

  141. Dave says:

    “Exercise Authority over them”. Father today in the context of close quarters for family vacation, anxiety over virus impacts help me to not exercise authority but act out of loving service.

  142. Jacob M Lamen says:

    Humility – tough because we all fight to be the best at what we do and we take pride in our families and our accomplishments, I guess that pride in other things can come between us and God since he is the root of our success.

  143. Ryan says:

    “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve”

    God’s will for our lives is to serve others. I too often think about His will for my life as a future thing when it is really about the present. Serve where you are and whoever you are with.

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  144. Jim says:

    I can’t serve and be selfish at the same time. To be a servant, other’s needs have to be my focus before my own desires.

  145. Brendan Foley says:

    My word is “indignant”. Definition:. feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.
    I often feel this way and get resentful at people, situations, or God because things don’t go the way I want them to or I don’t have control the outcome. Prayed this morning for forgiveness and to let God have control and be open to his will today.

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    • Kevin V says:

      Brendan, I struggle with this exact same thing at times. Keep praying and giving this to God. “Not my will, but Your Will oh God”.

  146. Jason Davidson says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

    My prayers for today – How can I be a better servant? How can I lead as an example to others to be better servants? How can I demonstrate and teach my boys what servant hood is like?

  147. Eric M. says:

    In today’s message it just goes to show you that the “right path” to take is the exact opposite of the “World’s “path. Lord – Help me everyday to remember your path is the ONLY path.

  148. Ray says:

    “But it shall not be so among you.”
    These are the words that stuck out to me today. Not so much as they apply to the text, but I believe Jesus is saying that to us, His disciples, today. “The world is in a panic over this virus, but it shall not be so among you. “ “People are not preparing, they are hoarding, but it shall not be so among you.” “People are being selfish by having fistfights over toilet paper, but it shall not be so among you.”

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  149. Dale Nerison says:

    Serve. Let me serve others humbly, willingly, and joyfully.
    Help me to get out of my own shtuff and focus outward pin others. “I Go Last!”

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  150. Duc says:

    Son of man came NOT to be served but to serve- Lord- please help me to have a rejoicing heart in intentional serving my family, my church, community and my workplace and helping to be more like Jesus in everyday life.

  151. Mike says:

    …Whoever would be great among you must be your servant. I’m focusing on this phrase and processing how to apply it in all facets of life

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  152. David Steinquist says:

    Help me to understand humilityin your domain, Lord. Confidence, not conceit. Assurance, not arrogance. Pleasing you, not pride.

  153. Jeff Wahl says:

    I ask the Lord to help me be a servant to my three boys. As I see them compete for my attention, may I give an example of serving others. May I not be concerned with my selfish aims of being the best parent, being the greatest parent, or maintaining my reputation as a parent, but truly grounded in what they need to grow in life and the Lord.

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  154. Dave Benson says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

    Thank you Jesus for your model of humble servanthood! We have so many opportunities to serve right now in a hurting world. Let us follow your lead!

  155. Charles says:

    To serve is the goal, not to be served. Christ set the example for us. Sometimes we forget this. How well I know.

  156. Michael Spencer says:

    “Whoever would be first among you must be slave to all.” Leadership by example is extraordinarily difficult.

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  157. Nick says:

    Whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. That is the most mind opening statement. To be ahead of others we must be a slave for others.

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  158. David Clarke says:

    Dave S C – I have been considering the challenge to “bring every thought into captivity” (2 Cor 10:5). Certainly captivity goes along with the idea of servanthood. It is a tall order to bring my mind under the control of the Lord, and let every thought/prayer be His will, not mine.

  159. Kevin says:

    “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve”
    Father God, help me live out my life with a servant heart! I need your help. Humble me in order to do your kingdom work!

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  160. Alex says:

    To serve – now that I am working from home, I can see my patience levels fluctuating as the rest of my family is here and we all need to get things done. I need to remember that it is my role to serve my family and to lead. That means I do have to sacrifice “my” time or maybe that it looks different than the way I want it to. Lord, give me patience and grace for myself and my loved ones.

  161. Rich says:

    BUT….. a pastor once told me to circle your buts. Here it represents the contrast between us and the world. But it shall not be so among you, but whoever would be great….
    Circle your buts and be different from the world.

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    • Dave says:

      Yup. That is what stood out to me too. Amazing that the God who created the entire universe humbled Himself to the point of death, so we can live…. all while we mocked and despised Him. That is an amazing love

  162. Tim says:

    Whoever wants to be great must serve just as Jesus did. What a better time to serve than at this time with the coved-19 virus, so many are in need of our services.

  163. Tim says:

    For even the Son of man came not to be served but to serve.. John 3:30 tells us that He must increase but I must decrease..

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  164. Ross Peterson says:

    I want to focus today on verse 43, where Jesus emphasizes this upside down notion that servants and slaves are leaders. This is very counter-cultural for us, but or seeing it like crazy this week with first responders helping out, pastors, those working at the food pantry this morning and roselawn and across the country.

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  165. Pastor Mark says:

    Thinking through practicing spiritual disciplines, like we discussed in this morning’s livestream: in what ways do you SUBMIT to Christ’s leadership? How does this impact your humility as a leader?

  166. Doug says:

    The current pandemic will give us as Christians many chances to serve others — perhaps even at the risk of our own safety. Lord, give me faith and courage when that opportunity comes.

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  167. John says:

    Serve so that others don’t give you accolades, but that others would see Christ in you. In this season, specifically, may I model this approach to this EIN my own “backyard”.

  168. Eric says:

    whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
    This is the example Jesus gives us as the greatest Man to walk this earth. He is first and greatest yet He suffered and died the death I deserve.

  169. Nathanael says:

    The word for today is Servant. Jesus showed us what a servant leader is. Throughout the Bible God refers to leaders as Servants. Moses, Samuel, Ruth , and David all listed as Gods servants.

    As I ponder this word I think about this word and what it means. To give up control to surrender your rights. To live under the authority of another.

    Today I ponder what it means for me to be God’s servant.

  170. Bob says:

    The willingness to serve, not to be great in this world but the next. To show others how great and important they are in Jesus eyes.
    Building our treasure in heaven, while sharing heaven on earth in Jesus Love.

  171. Warren M Campbell Sr says:

    Jesus Christ the ultimate servant. As I said yesterday my goal is to be a mirror image of Christ. The son of God/Man served then so must I. Holy Spirit teach me to humbly serve.

  172. Troy Theye says:

    “Not righteous indignation, since they too had been guilty in the past of such self-serving conduct.”
    I borrowed the commentary on this reading above.
    We are on this earth to serve God and have to remember will be rewarded when we selfishly do what God wants and not what we want, no matter what the circumstances might bring about.

  173. Samuel says:

    “Serving” In my latter year and retirement, I have fallen away or failed at doing any kind of service for my wife, my church or my fellow man in general, I have much given to me it is time to give back.

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  174. Davin Morris says:

    “But it shall not be among you..”. I am reminded that the kingdom of God is not like the world. His ways are different and sometimes contrary to the world we live in yet His ways are always better.

  175. Dennis says:

    Servant – In society there is a negative connotation that comes with servant, but when we take Jesus into our hearts it becomes what we seek. Jesus came not to be served but to serve. If we are to be like Jesus we must serve. We will have to give up rights and privileges to go last. That is against everything in the world. I will follow the lead of Jesus.

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  176. Jeff Brown says:

    I reflected on what is a lord I replaced with word Leader in today’s term and there are lots of good and desirable qualities of being a Leader. Also how Jesus as King or ruler of the leaders, it is not up to him to give the seats next to him away that’s not like a king/ruler of this world

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  177. Joe says:

    God shows me everyday that I fall short on modeling Servant hood. God help me who I need to be more of a servant too in my family, church and my community in this days of trouble.

  178. Donny Lill says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve…
    We are made in His image and are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. Be kind and let them see Jesus through you and your actions.

  179. Tony Blue says:

    Serve. To be a better person it starts with serving or helping others before yourself. Jesus was the best servant leader.

  180. Eric Jensen says:

    My key words were the first four words of verse 43…. not so with you! As Christ followers, our purpose, our goals, our focus, our desires, our dreams, are to be nothing like those of the world. We are to be different and stand out to the world by serving rather than seeking to be served, following Christ and his example of self sacrifice for the sake of others. As the scripture says, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 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 10:43‭-‬45 NIV

  181. George says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve. Truly the change of heart I need every day.

  182. Scott says:

    “Indignant” – James and John, part of the inner circle had just asked Jesus to sit at His right and left hand. This made the other 10 “indignant” or annoyed/angry. Even within the closest circle of Jesus, you saw disagreement and anger. If we could all just focus our hearts on serving Jesus (and others) and take our attention off of ourselves…..

    This scripture just reminds me what is important.

    • Justin says:

      This gets to the heart of Jesus ministry and the focus for all who follow him. “A servant to all.” Goes against our flesh and the mantra of the world.

    • Timothy says:

      Great point – I sometimes think if I was there with Jesus I would respond differently.
      Probably not.

  183. Jake says:

    “Jesus came to serve, not be served…” God is showing me that I am still very selfish, I need to be putting everyone before me and look to God to satisfy my every need.

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  184. Timothy says:

    “But it shall not be so among you.” Or in the NLT “But among you it will be different.” Jesus just told them how the world operates and then calls them (us) to follow a completely different operations manual. Daily surrendering for me.

  185. Steve Roarke says:

    For even Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. If we all had that mentality, how different would the world be.

  186. Zach Leaman says:

    Servanthood stuck out to me.
    A good reminder that serving others is the greatest thing you can do – it’s hard to be selfless in our society sometimes.

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  187. Nick says:

    Being a servant is something we are all called to. l need to remember that service isn’t always a big event, it can be a kind word or an ear for listening.

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  188. Jay Wegiel says:

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
    I truly feel closest to Jesus when I am denying self to serve others.

  189. Don Wilson says:

    “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve” I love the way the author phrased this verse to show Gods love to us…

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  190. Sheldon says:

    Jeremiah 31.3 God says about me that he loves me with an everlasting love, therefor with loving kindness have i drawn you.
    i am so thankful for God’s amazing LOVE.

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  191. Eddie says:

    whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.
    I forget the exact words, but like the Apostle Paul said, I want to become like all to win all to Jesus. I want to become like rulers to win rulers, fathers to win fathers, LIKE sinners to win sinners, slave to all (and master of NONE) to win as many people to God as I can with this life. Amen.

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  192. Chee Khiam Tay says:

    Jesus is greater than any big name or the famous stars that everyone is trying to be near to and be noticed. Yet He is the loving father that is reaching out to us and ever trying to get our attention that He loves us and actually died for all of us. Forgive us for and so many that are not turning to Him.

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    • Ryan says:

      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.
      I must humble myself in this world , deny my selfish needs and desires to put others before me and live in a way that will cause people to want to run to Jesus.

    • Adam says:

      Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.
      His life was devoted to service. Mine should follow his example.

  193. Ben says:

    If I have a desire to be first, that is a worldly desire and not of God. God calls me to a servant to all!

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  194. Walter says:

    Servant, if we are of the mindset to be second and put others first. It is very rewarding to see the genuine gratitude from others.

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