Daily Bible Reading

Take last place

To many, I’m sure that many of the sayings of Jesus would seem counter-intuitive. Be last to be first. Serve to be served. Die to live.

But isn’t that exactly what Jesus himself did? He must have done something right to become the most influential (and possibly most controversial) man to ever walk the earth.

He sad down and called the twelve disciples over to him. Then he said, “Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.

Mark 9:35 (NLT)

Above all, we—as Christians—are called to serve. Jesus never put himself over anyone else. He was forever humbling himself to those around him. Not only did it result in him being raised up, but those whom he came into contact with were also brought to a higher level.

If a person is forever being reminded of their shortcomings and sins, what hope is there for them? But if someone comes along and is willing to serve them no matter what state they are in, how much more will they be able to accept the Gospel when it is offered?

As a Christian, it’s not my job to tout my own accomplishments. My singular job is to serve as Jesus served—at the cost of everything else.

I need to take last place if it means that I can draw someone else into the race.

Daily Bible reading: Numbers 30-31, Mark 9:30-50

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