Tuesday, March 16: The servant of all

Read Mark 9:33-37


The last days of Jesus' earthly life are filled with significant events and teachings. During these weeks leading up to Easter, we'll travel with Jesus toward Jerusalem and his crucifixion, marveling at his determination to finally fulfill his destiny as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Read Mark 9:33-37

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, "What were you arguing about on the road?" But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all."

He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."



Twelve men each want the top spot in Jesus' kingdom and in his heart. How must Jesus have felt when he heard them arguing about who is the greatest? How did Jesus model for them the principle of servant leadership?


Today there will no doubt be opportunities to put yourself first or last. Is your desire to be like Jesus strong enough to motivate you to serve rather than to star? Do you think you can choose to be humble rather than to be honored?



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