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October 22, 2017 - Rethinking the Path to Greatness - Mark 9:30-37

posted Oct 25, 2017, 12:07 PM by Grant Garber
  • Service is as much about the attitudes of our hearts as it is about what we are doing.
  • With everything in His being, Jesus came to be the consummate servant; every moment of His life was lived for the sake of serving us.
  • You would think such dedicated, selfless service would inspire us to be completely serving and giving of ourselves. Sadly, this isn’t usually the case.
  • Ambition has an appetite that can never be satisfied.
  • God cannot trust most of us with worldly power and the greatness that accompanies it.
  • Why do the disciples continue doing what they know to be wrong?
    • Obviously they believed Jesus was out of the range of hearing or seeing.
    • If we realized that Jesus heard all our words and saw all our actions our guilt would also cause us to slip into embarrassed silence.
  • When disciples falter, a leader has the opportunity to exploit the situation to his/her own advantage or turn it into a positive learning experience.
  • A lot of good things get done in this world in spite of the fact that people do them for the wrong reasons.
  • Jesus’ choice of words illustrates the qualities that a child and a servant share.
    • Each receives his/her identity from the parent or the master.
  • True greatness in God’s eyes is about humble, self-less service given on behalf of others, not for any sort of personal gain.
Rethinking Traditional Wisdom Series
by
Pastor Jim Spon | Mark 9:30-37