What Jesus Did! 'The Fall Revisited' — Mark 9:33-34

Monday, June 20, 2016

Jesus and his followers went to Capernaum. They went into a house. Then Jesus said to his followers, "I heard you arguing on the road today. What were you arguing about?" But the followers did not answer, because their argument on the road was about which one of them was the greatest.
— Mark 9:33-34 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:33-34 NLT — "I heard you arguing on the road today. What were you arguing about?"

Key Thought

Sin entered the world because human beings wanted to be as important as God. So often, our sins still center around our desire to be our own little gods. Maybe we don't want to be in charge of the whole universe, but we do want to be the most important and significant person in our own sphere of existence. We want to be the greatest in our own world. This is where inviting Jesus into our presence and being honest with him about our desires are crucial. We can't invite the one who left heaven to serve earthlings into our presence without falling under conviction that our desires for greatness are selfish arrogance and not a desire for excellence. In fact, Jesus personifies excellence and redefines what a Christ-follower's life of excellence is all about—self-sacrificing service to others, as the next verses show.

Today's Prayer

O Father, please gently humble me. Remove the dross of my character. Purge out the arrogance and selfishness of my heart so that I can serve you, and others, with Christ-like love and care. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Genesis 3:1-10
  • Mark 8:29-33
  • 1 Samuel 2:3


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.