Following after Christ requires action, and not just occasional action but constant action, consistent action. Yesterday we talked about motives and we referenced the argument the disciples had over who was greater and now in chapter 10, they are asking Jesus if, one of them can sit on His left and right beside His throne in Heaven… We have to stop trying to make ourselves great but make God the greatest.
How often when we are serving others do we seek recognition? Even just a pat on the back that says good job, someone to see what we are doing and to acknowledge it. It is a hard mentality to prevent without God’s help. Our serving heart should never be self seeking. I can’t help but think of being a mother, being a mother means you are serving others every day, all day…little people, or maybe big people but none the less you are serving others at every corner. Most of the mother’s that I know do not place bandaids and kiss hurt knees and hands for someone to throw them a parade. We don’t fold mountains of laundry for our families to be amazed and give us a trophy. We don’t scrub dirty toilets for recognition. When God makes you a mother our hearts serve our children, no matter how old they are, whether biological or adopted. As mothers we serve because God has called us, because those little people are more important than any recognition we could ever get.
Mark 10:44-45, Jesus himself tells his disciples “whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many.” Jesus was not conditional with us about His love for us, He came to serve others, He was not seeking anything for Himself…He was not seeking to be served. He knew that He would eventually lay His life down on Earth for many. When we are called to serve others, being great should be the farthest thing from our mind. When we are called to serve our greatest job is seeking to make God great with our hands and our feet as we serve others.