What Jesus Did! 'Among You, It Should Be Quite Different' — Mark 10:42-44

Thursday, August 1, 2024

So Jesus called [the disciples] together and said, "You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.
— Mark 10:42-44 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus' followers have heard a different tune from him than the world hears. They have a different reason to live in this world. So naturally — or should we say, supernaturally — we are also to live very differently in the world. One of the places this difference must show up is in those in whom we place value. Our ultimate hero was a servant who washed his followers' feet and then gave up his life for them. Shouldn't our everyday heroes follow that same example? The greatest in Jesus' Kingdom IS a servant. We mustn't wait until we are in heaven to recognize this value system; we must display it in our communities today.

Today's Prayer

O Father, help us — help me — to be quite different from the world in what we value, honor, and hold dear. In the name of Jesus, the greatest human who ever lived, I ask this. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Romans 12:1-2
  • 1 Peter 2:9-12


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Illustration of Mark 10:42-44 NLT —  Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.

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 and is available in book form.

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