What Jesus Did! 'First' — Mark 9:35

Sunday, June 21, 2020

[Jesus] sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, "Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else."
— Mark 9:35 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:35 NLT — [Jesus] sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, "Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else."

Key Thought

Jesus' life was an ongoing demonstration of what he taught. The truth he lived and proclaimed is nowhere more evident than in his teaching about greatness. As followers of Jesus, we are never greater than when we surrender our rights and our position to serve others, just as Jesus did. No one demonstrated this service better than our Rabbi Jesus, Christ our Lord, and Savior (Philippians 2:6-11).

Today's Prayer

Father, help me to aspire to greatness as defined by your Son's words and life. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 10:42-45
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • 1 Peter 5:1-4

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show 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.