Another Paradox

Mark 9:35 Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

Here we find Jesus imparting wisdom to His disciples.  Do not strive to be first, strive to be last and in doing so you will be first.  Got it?  This teaching goes completely against the human way of thinking.  Our thinking says to be first, I need to knock others out of my way and trample them on my way up.  Jesus says we all have it wrong.  If you want to be great, think lesser of your self and serve others.  He says to go beyond the Golden Rule, which is to treat others as we want to be treated.  Jesus says we are to treat others even better than we want to be treated.  That we need to put their needs ahead of own.  And if we do that, we will be great.

The story is told of Ronald Regan, who was is in the hospital after getting shot.  He accidentally knocked of pitcher of water on the floor.  Instead of calling somebody to clean it up, he got out of bed and did it himself.  The nurse walked in asked him what he was doing.  He told her and said that he was worried that she might get in trouble if somebody found water on the floor.  He put her ahead of himself.  Here was the leader of the country, recovering from gun shot rooms on the floor wiping up water out of concern for somebody else.  Jesus would later do the same.  On the night He was betrayed, He got down and washed the feet of His disciples.  Included in the feet He washed was Judas, who in mere hours would betray Him.  He served the disciples in one of His lowest moments.  If He did it, we should also.  And when we do, we will become great in the Kingdom of God.

Dear Jesus, I thank you for Your example of humility and service.  I thank you that You left Your riches in Heaven and came to earth to be low and die for me.  You taught us how we should act.  Help me to do so.  Amen. 

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