Week 8, Saturday, Mark 9:30-37

 Mark Devotionals

by, Rev. Sunil Balasundaram

Go to Mark 9:30-37

[Please do read the passage before (or after) reading the devotion.]

Reminder: There will be no daily devotion tomorrow, Sunday. Hopefully most of you will be in a House of Worship listening to God yourselves. Go prepared with open hearts, though!


The disciples had just heard Jesus telling them about the sacrifice that he was about to make, something they couldn’t understand. And then they began arguing about who was the greatest among them. It was as if they had heard nothing of what he said. I wonder if Jesus ever said, “Don’t you ever understand what I’m telling you?” Or, “Why are you so preoccupied with authority, fame and greatness? Is that why you are following me?” Instead he patiently taught them about humility. If we really desire greatness from God’s perspective we should do as Jesus did, always putting the “other person” first/before us. More than that, we are to take on a life of serving every one of those “other persons.” It would reflect His love, His humility.


Prayer: Forgive me Lord, for putting myself first; for making people want to notice me for my faith and even the good things I do. And sometimes I even get jealous when another of your children is recognized, and I am not. You put others first in your life Lord Jesus while I wait for others to serve me. Forgive me. May I reflect your life of love and humility in the way I put others ahead of me. May your love cause me to serve others as if I was serving you. I humble myself before you Lord. Amen.

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