I Am Second
Becoming “first” in God’s Kingdom means taking the low road. In Part 4 of the Declutter series, our Scripture lesson comes from Mark 9:33-37; and as Jesus told his disciples when they argued about, ‘which of them was the greatest,’ “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”
That’s the rub with Jesus. Human beings – wherever and whenever and whomever – always conclude we’re just a cut above most everyone else. The Gospel of Mark pictures a community of Christ-followers where no one is to be treated as either too high or too low. Realizing that we all begin as repentant sinners in need of God’s redeeming love, levels the ground before the cross of Jesus.
The point here is that we don’t have to jockey to find our place in the Jesus procession. The title for us all is the same: “Servant of God for the Sake of the World.”
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