Daily Devotions

Faithful Submission

“Then they came to Capernaum and when He was in the house Jesus asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ They were silent for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.” Mark 9:33-34

 

Faithful Submission

“Then they came to Capernaum and when He was in the house Jesus asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ They were silent for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.” Mark 9:33-34

“Outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:10

Don’t you hate getting caught by Jesus? The disciples were polishing their resumes. They were arguing about how much they had accomplished in their discipleship. “Remember when I dropped my nets to follow Him? I didn’t hesitate even a second.” “Well, I was the first one He called to follow!” “I left a pile of money just sitting there at the tax table.” “Jesus smiled at me and told me I am a friend of God!” “Oh yeah? He called me a rock!” “Yeah Peter, that’s because when you stepped out of the boat you began to sink like a stone!” So, it went, on and on, as they walked along. They were listening to their own hearts. Conflict and discord were the result.

“What were you talking about on the way?” He asked. Don’t you hate getting caught by Jesus?

Faithfulness in following leads to a humility with regard to self. Faithfulness in following is not about measuring and comparing ourselves with others. If anything, we are guided by Paul’s words, “Outdo one another in showing honor.” Faithfulness in following leads us to build others up with praise and appreciation.

What will help us grow best in Christ is to connect with others who are trying to be transparent, willing to be honest about their own struggles and quick to say how much they rely on God’s mercy. I can think of some remarkably humble Christians. They follow Jesus without a lot of self–publication or fanfare. I love to sit at their feet, listen to their acquired wisdom and experience. Then I try to respond humbly when they point out my self-justifications and blind spots. The greatest among us? That’s the one who submits to Jesus and serves others.

“Whoever want to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)