Day 8
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Go Last

Scripture

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

Devotional

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.

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.
  • Share: below, the words you are focusing on today, and why.

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266 thoughts on “Go Last

  1. 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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  2. 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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    • 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.

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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.

  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Tony Blue says:

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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.

  21. 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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  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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”.

  28. 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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  29. 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?

  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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.

    • 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

  33. 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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  34. 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.

  35. 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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  36. 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.

  37. 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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  38. Michael Spencer says:

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

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  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. 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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  42. David Steinquist says:

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

  43. 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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  44. 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.

  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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.

  48. 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?

  49. 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”.

  50. 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.

  51. 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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  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. Ed says:

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

  55. David Luevano says:

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

  56. 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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  57. 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

  58. 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.

  59. 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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  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

    • 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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  63. 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

  64. 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?

  65. 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!!!!!!

  66. 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.

  67. 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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  68. 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

  69. 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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  70. 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

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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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  74. 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!

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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

  80. 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.

  81. 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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  82. 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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  83. 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

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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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  87. 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!

  88. 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.

  89. 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

  90. 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.

  91. 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.

  92. 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.

  93. Jon Brady says:

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

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. Gary says:

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

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

  103. 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.

  104. 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”

  105. 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.

  106. 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!!!

  107. Dave W says:

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

  108. 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.

  109. 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.

  110. 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.

  111. 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.

  112. John says:

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

  113. 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.

    • Mark Roehl says:

      …they began to be indignant….

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

  114. 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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  115. 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.

  116. 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.

  117. Jonathan Robertson says:

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

  118. 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.

  119. 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.

  120. 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.

  121. 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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  122. 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.

  123. 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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  124. 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.

  125. 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

  126. 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!

  127. 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.

  128. 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

  129. 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”.

  130. 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)

  131. 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?

  132. 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.

  133. 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

  134. Scott Van Dale says:

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

  135. 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.

  136. 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.

  137. 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).

  138. 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.

  139. 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

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