In our Mark passage today the disciples were arguing about which of them was the greatest. I wonder how they were considering greatness? The popular opinion of greatness today would be valued by political power, wealth, performance in sports, art, music, acting, business success, popularity, etc. But note Jesus’ response in Mark 9:35, “After He sat down, He called the twelve and said to them, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.’” Greatness in Jesus’ eyes is far removed from our popular opinions. Jesus concept of greatness rested in serving others, and extending our love and care to those around us who are hurting. He demonstrated that to the disciples by washing their feet, and told them to wash one another’s feet.

Here are a few other verses that speak about this.
Rom 1:1 - But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves.
1 Cor 10:24 - Do not seek your own good, but the good of the other person.
Gal 6:10 - So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.
Phil. 2:4 - Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.

Father, help us to follow Jesus’ example to serve each other and to share Your love with those around us.

by Ken Zook, Deacon

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