Sunday to Monday | Pick Me

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

I’m sure many of you remember this song….having to use your hands to touch each part as you sing the words.  Once you’ve got it down you can sing it faster and faster without messing up. 

Now try it BACKWARDS.  Not so easy.  You’ve got to think about each and every word, each and every movement to make sure you get it all right.  Now it’s going to take lots of practice to be able to do it as quickly as you did the “normal” way. 

In Sunday’s message James and John are asking Jesus to sit at his right and left.  They want the special seats of honor.  The other disciples are upset that they’ve gone behind their back and requested these very prominent spots.  But Jesus reverses things and tells the disciples that it’s not about power and authority but it’s all about serving. 

When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So 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. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For 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)

Let us stop, put things in reverse and, starting from the bottom, think about each and every movement we make.  Let us serve in ways that please the Lord.  Greatness, leadership and influence grow out of servanthood.    Raise your hand for Jesus!   

And here are some questions to guide you through the rest of the week:

  • You know the old saying, “Be careful what you ask for” – think of a time when you asked for something and it didn’t turn out as expected.  How did you feel?  What did you learn?
  • An anonymous author once wrote, “The longest distance a human being will ever travel is from the head to the heart."  Do you think this is true?  Why or why not?
  • The disciples seem to not get Jesus’ message even though they had the benefit of hearing it firsthand!  But Jesus didn’t give up on them; he kept loving them and asking them to follow him.  Which Jesus teaching do you seem to not get?  How might you discover Jesus’ love and grace in this situation?
  • What changes in your life might you consider if you took Jesus’ words in Mark 10:43-44 seriously? “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.”

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