Mark 10:41-45

Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community. Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.” Today’s devotion comes from Lauren Holmes.

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:41-45

Jesus died as an example of how we should live, be selfless, serve others. Serving yourself and living to gain power will not fulfill your life. In serving you will find riches.

In a world of “things” it is easy to get caught up with only looking after #1. It gets easier to drive by those in need. It gets easier to only worry about yourself. It grows difficult to look at the bigger picture.

As a Kindergarten teacher, I want my students to do kind things, help their friends and family and develop a servant’s heart. I want them to see that they do not need “things” as a reward for doing the right thing and I want them to feel how it makes themselves and others feel when they serve. I believe the best way to teach others how to serve is through example. The energy that serving gives you is contagious.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, please help me to remember the value in serving others and allow me to plant the seed of service through my actions. Please help me to see the opportunities you lay before me to serve. Amen.

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7 Responses to “Mark 10:41-45”

  1. Gloria Smith-Rockhold Says:

    Thank you for the thoughtful meditation for today. It is what we all need in this “get more, get more stuff” world. I am going to go clean out my closets today and give some very good clothes to the local thrift store.

  2. Carolee Groux Says:

    We strive to have a servant’s heart. Luke 10:27 tells us to love (or serve) our neighbor as oneself. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

  3. Judy Clark Says:

    As a beginning seminary student learning just how important service is. Jesus was the only perfect servant, mode ourselves as close to Jesus as we can get. Do that and we are going in the right direction.

  4. Sharon Longnecker Says:

    Thank you so much for this devotion–we discussed last night that our joy in the Lord is partly sustained through service. Your devotion was so timely.

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