What Jesus Did! 'Least and Greatest' — Mark 10:31

Sunday, July 24, 2016

"Many people that have the highest place now will have the lowest place in the future. And the people that have the lowest place now will have the highest place in the future."
— Mark 10:31 NLT
Illustration of Mark 10:31 NLT — "Many people that have the highest place now will have the lowest place in the future. And the people that have the lowest place now will have the highest place in the future."

Key Thought

God evaluates people differently than most earthly judges, critics, and cultures do. Those who appear to be lowly, unimportant, backward, impoverished, broken, and meek will be valued as precious by God. Is it because he favors the poor and the weak over the strong and the rich? Not necessarily. However, God does cherish the person who serves others regardless of his or her station in life. He does care deeply for the person who recognized her or his need for God's love, mercy, and grace. God does recognize the genuine humility of a person who has suffered because he or she would not compromise on integrity issues. So those who have cheated their way to the top and thereby gained fame and recognition will not be the ones God honors. No, it will be the people they stepped on who refused to give up on faith, morality, integrity, honesty, and Christian values. It will be the people who served others—even those who abused them—in the name of Christ.

Today's Prayer

O Father, help me value others by your standards. Help me see the value of others through your eyes. Confound my intentions when I choose the wrong path and go the way of fame and fortune rather than faith and service. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 5:1-12
  • 1 Corinthians 1:26-29
  • Matthew 23:11

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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.

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